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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Josephine County, Oregon

Clickable Map of Josephine County, Oregon and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Josephine County, OR (34) Curry County, OR (11) Douglas County, OR (26) Jackson County, OR (110) Del Norte County, CA (12) Siskiyou County, CA (165)  JosephineCounty(34) Josephine County (34)  CurryCounty(11) Curry County (11)  DouglasCounty(26) Douglas County (26)  JacksonCounty(110) Jackson County (110)  DelNorteCountyCalifornia(12) Del Norte County (12)  SiskiyouCounty(165) Siskiyou County (165)
Adjacent to Josephine County, Oregon
    Curry County (11)
    Douglas County (26)
    Jackson County (110)
    Del Norte County, California (12)
    Siskiyou County, California (165)
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1Oregon (Josephine County), Cave Junction — Fort Briggs
A refuge for white settlers during the Indian wars of 1855-1856 stood on this site. George E. Briggs took up a donation land claim in February 1854 and built a cabin of squared logs. he farmed and ran a freight packing operation in 1856. Briggs, . . . Map (db m112483) HM
2Oregon (Josephine County), Cave Junction — Oregon Caves National Monument
Upper plaque: National Monument Set aside by President Taft July 12, 1909 Lower plaque: Department of the Interior National Park Service Regulations require that all persons entering . . . Map (db m63167) HM
3Oregon (Josephine County), Cave Junction — Smokejumper Tree
Pinus jeffreyi In Oregon, Jeffrey pines are found only in the state's southwest corner. They are especially adapted to local dry, infertile, serpentine soils as seen in the surrounding flat lands and distant mountains. These trees resist . . . Map (db m112563) HM
4Oregon (Josephine County), Cave Junction — Triple NicklesHeroes in the Sky
Triple Nickels Formed in 1943, the all-Black 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion was the first opportunity for African officers and enlisted men to become paratroopers in the segregated US Army during World War II. Racial Segregation . . . Map (db m112484) HM
5Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — From Homeland to Tragedy
The Rogue Valley has been the traditional homelands of three distinct language- based tribal groups since ancient times: Takelma, Dakubetede/Taltushtuntude, and Shasta. Tribes shared similar cultural and societal practices, subsistence patterns, . . . Map (db m112806) HM
6Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — Josephine County Peace Memorial
Honoring the men & women of Josephine County who served their country in the wars of this century. REMEMBERING the wounded, the disabled, the MIA and POW. Dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Quest For Peace. World War . . . Map (db m118806) WM
7Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — Memorial to Our Fathers
Memorial To Our Fathers of the 1861 - Civil War - 1865 Grants Pass Ore.Map (db m112517) WM
8Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — 524 — Mormon Sugar Beet Factory Site
On this site in 1916, the Oregon Utah Sugar Company erected a large beet factory. C.W. Nibley, director of the company and presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons/L.D.S.), oversaw the project. Nibley's sons, . . . Map (db m112529) HM
9Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — No Land is Free
The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians; their lands and property shall never be taken from them without their consent; and, in their property, rights, and liberty, they shall never be invaded or disturbed, unless in . . . Map (db m112807) HM
10Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — Riverside Park Memorial Flagpole
In Recognition Of The Josephine County Casualties Of WarMap (db m113313) WM
11Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — Riverside Park War Memorial
To The American Veterans of The Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars. All Who Shall Hereafter Live In Freedom Will Be Reminded That To These Men, Women And Their Comrades We Owe A Debt To Be Paid With Grateful Remembrance Of Their . . . Map (db m113311) WM
12Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — The 1846 Applegate TrailSouthern Route to Oregon
The perilous last leg of the Oregon Trail down the Columbia River rapids took lives, including the sons of Jesse and Lindsay Applegate in 1843. The Applegate brothers and others vowed to look for an all-land route into Oregon from Fort Hall (in . . . Map (db m167270) HM
13Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — The First Brick Building in Grants Pass
Erected by Charles A. Wing in 1949, upon the site of the first brick building in Grants Pass, which was constructed by John W. Howard in 1886.Map (db m91926) HM
14Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — The Perkinsville Ferry
Joel Perkins was an ambitious young man looking for riches. Perkins arrived in Oregon in 1844 at the age of 23 with his mother, father, and four siblings. In 1851 Joel followed wagon tracks from the Willamette Valley to one of the best spots to . . . Map (db m100215) HM
15Oregon (Josephine County), Grants Pass — Union Veterans of the Civil War
In Memory Of Union Veterans of the 1861 Civil War 1865Map (db m112515) WM
16Oregon (Josephine County), Kerby — Kerby(ville) 1850's to Present
In 1854, Mr. James Kerby obtained first donation land claim in what became Kerbyville. Nearby gold fields attracted many miners and the town became a center of commerce. Mr. Kerby became the first postmaster in September 1855 when the Kerbyville . . . Map (db m105285) HM
17Oregon (Josephine County), Merlin — Burrell M. Baucom
In memory of Burrell M. Baucom an officer and soldier, brave of heart, sincere of purpose and faithful to trust who fell here July 1, 1933 in performance of his duty. This tablet is inscribed by his fellow members of the Oregon . . . Map (db m112853) HM
18Oregon (Josephine County), Merlin — Hellgate CanyonThe Gateway to the Wild & Scenic Roque River
Canyon Formation Constant flow of water over the volcanic basalt rock carved the 2,100-foot long canyon. With no way for the water to expand to the sides, the river bed was forced to depths of about 100 feet. Evolution of . . . Map (db m112805) HM
19Oregon (Josephine County), Merlin — Historic Indian Mary Park
The smallest Indian Reservation ever created. Granted to "Indian Mary" by the U.S. Government in 1894. In recognition of gratitude to her father, Umpqua Joe, who gave the alarm which saved white settlers of this area from a planned massacre. . . . Map (db m112780) HM
20Oregon (Josephine County), Merlin — Rogue River Wars1852 to 1856
(There are two sides to this marker,) White settlers and miners out numbers the Oregon Indians. The United States proposed treaties with the Oregon Indians moving off their lands onto reservations. Miners started a group of volunteers . . . Map (db m141196) HM
21Oregon (Josephine County), Selma — Fort Hay
This fortified ranch was a donation land claim filed by Wm. B. Hay in 1854. It was attacked by 200 Takelma Indians on March 23, 1856. A battle including hand-to-hand combat raged into the night. The hostiles withdrew in the morning and . . . Map (db m91942) HM
22Oregon (Josephine County), Sunny Valley — Grave Creek Ranch1851 - 1918 — Grave Creek Covered Bridge Historical Site —
This covered bridge is the one remaining covered bridge in Josephine County. It was constructed by Elmer J. Nelson in 1920 as part of the new Pacific Highway project at a cost of $21,128.65. It was built on Josephine County’s first donation land . . . Map (db m63153) HM
23Oregon (Josephine County), Wilderville — Wilderville Post Office
One of the oldest Post Offices still standing in operation in what would have been the State of Jefferson if Japan had not attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th 1941. This Post Office was established in what was called Slate Creek. It was established . . . Map (db m112513) HM
24Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — "Grave Creek"How it got its name
In 1846 the Crowley Family arrived in the valley with the first wagon train over the Applegate Trail. Martha Leland Crowley, a daughter, succumbed to typhoid fever at the age of 16. She was buried here in a casket made of timber boards from some . . . Map (db m114481) HM
25Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — A-90 — Applegate Trail - Grave Creek
"Move one mile to camp (on Grave Creek), having none last night, and spent the day burying Mr. Cowley's daughter (Martha), who died yesterday evening, age about 14 years." - Virgil K. Pringle, Oct. 19, 1846Map (db m112854) HM
26Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — Canyon CreekOregon History
The narrow gorge of Canyon Creek has long served as a travel corridor. Native Americans likely trekked this canyon for thousands of years. Alexander McLeod of the Hudson's Bay Company provided the first written account of the route in 1829, while . . . Map (db m112856) HM
27Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — Early Traveler Accommodations
Between 1846 and 1856 the Applegate Trail through Josephine County became a major travel corridor for settles, miners, freighters and those trekking between Oregon and California. Where the well-traveled route crossed the valley of Wolf Creek, a . . . Map (db m114479) HM
28Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — Feeble, Hungry, and Haggard
Generations of Oregon school children learned the lyrics of a song: "Hurry up oh pioneers, your faithful little band must never fail." Applegate Trail emigrants struggled to follow this advice, but the mountainous terrain of northern . . . Map (db m153823) HM
29Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — GOLD!
(Three panels are located at this information kiosk:) Imagine carrying just a backpack and a pick and hearing the shouts of "Gold!" as they rang through this valley. It's 1851. You've traveled hundreds of miles to make your . . . Map (db m115245) HM
30Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — Golden
Established in 1890, this mining town was unique in Western annals in that it had two churches and no saloons. The miners went to Placer off Grave Creek for "refreshments". Rev. William Ruble, leader of a group commonly known as "Campbellites" . . . Map (db m114516) HM
31Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — The Applegate TrailSouthern Route to Oregon
In 1846, Jesse Applegate and fourteen others from near Dallas, Oregon, established a trail south from the Williamette Valley and east to Fort Hall. This route offered emigrants an alternative to the perilous “last leg” of the Oregon . . . Map (db m63155) HM
32Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — The Applegate Trail
Jesse and Lindsay Applegate, members of the first wave of Oregon Trail emigrants, watched their ten-year old sons drown in the Columbia River when a boat overturned in the rapids near The Dalles in 1843. Once their families were settled, the . . . Map (db m114483) HM
33Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — The Applegate TrailSouthern Route to Oregon
In 1846, Jesse Applegate and fourteen others from near Dallas, Oregon, established a trail south from the Willamette Valley and east to Fort Hall. This route offered emigrants an alternative to the perilous "last leg" of the Oregon Trail down the . . . Map (db m114488) HM
34Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — Wolf Creek TavernWolf Creek Inn
Wolf Creek Tavern was built c. 1883 by Henry Smith, a highly successful and influential local entrepreneur. The establishment of the hotel, mercantile and post office occurred at the time the Oregon and California Railroad was being completed in . . . Map (db m47204) HM
May. 5, 2021