“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Wheeler County Oregon Historical Markers

Turn-of-century campers at the park (<b><i>marker inset detail</b></i>) image, Touch for more information
By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2016
Turn-of-century campers at the park (marker inset detail)
Oregon (Wheeler County), Fossil — Julia Henderson Pioneer ParkNamed for the pioneer woman who gave this land for a park in 1900
Born at Frankfort, Indiana in 1841, Julia came west with her parents in 1853. She married Albert Henderson in 1858 and for many years they lived in nearby Fossil. She died August 11, 1928. Since 1900 the park has been the site for the . . . — Map (db m101959) HM
Oregon (Wheeler County), Mitchell — A Matter of Survival
Straining to scent a water source, searching for a tender leaf, sensing immediate danger – to live in this near-desert today, mule deer, coyotes, quail, and humans must possess special skills and abilities. Without them they cross the . . . — Map (db m71701)
Oregon (Wheeler County), Mitchell — Deciphering the Forest
Volcanic ash can be gentle and fine enough to preserve a leaf’s structure in great detail. Nearby 34 million-year-old “Bridge Creek Flora” fossils reveal many species of an ancient, hardwood forest. This forest had a blend of trees found . . . — Map (db m71700)
Oregon (Wheeler County), Mitchell — Fossils on the Frontier
Northern Paiute Indians and a few mountain men were the only residents of the John Day Country before 1860. Cavalry troops passed through the John Day River drainage looking for the best route from the Columbia River to Fort Boise. One company, . . . — Map (db m71675) HM
Oregon (Wheeler County), Mitchell — Look Below the Surface
Clues exposed at the surface help the nearby hills tell their story. Most were formed from abundant volcanic ash-falls and floods of lava over many millions of years. About five million years ago the land-building slowed and erosion cut down into . . . — Map (db m71673)
Oregon (Wheeler County), Mitchell — Painted Hills OverlookJohn Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Through this dry land in 1865 rode a pioneer minister and amateur scientist named Thomas Condon. It was the first of his many visits. Imagine his reaction when he discovered the imprints of countless fossilized leaves near these Painted Hills, . . . — Map (db m71698) HM
Oregon (Wheeler County), Mitchell — Pieces of the Puzzle
The ground before you is like a puzzle. A long streak of color breaks off, then seems to continue in the next hill, but at a different level. To connect the pieces, look for similar color, thickness, and sequence in a series of layers. Ash and . . . — Map (db m71699)
Oregon (Wheeler County), Mitchell — Who was John Day?
John Day came to Oregon in 1812 as part of an overland expedition to the new Pacific Fur Company post in Astoria. The once large party split up into many small groups before reaching Oregon Territory. While camped where the mouth of the . . . — Map (db m114108) HM

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May. 27, 2020