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Marker 2 - Repairing Past Damage to the River Valley image, Touch for more information
By Don Hann, August 24, 2017
Marker 2 - Repairing Past Damage to the River Valley
Oregon (Grant County), Bates — The Oxbow Conservation Area
There are five markers describing the area Marker 1: A history of human interaction with the land From tribal use to ranching, gold mining, and ecological restoration, the land that is now the Oxbow Conservation Area . . . — Map (db m107488) HM
Oregon (Grant County), Canyon City — As told by an old timer Boot Hill Cemetery in Canyon City
There are four graves, that of two women and two men. We do not have records of their time of passing, their names, or their individual location within this enclosure, but assume it to be during the gold rush days of 1862-1880. We also do not know . . . — Map (db m107538) HM
Oregon (Grant County), Canyon City — Canyon City Mural
Gold was discovered on Whiskey Flat in June, 1862; Canyon City quickly grew and became the County Seat by 1864. Scenes and Characters from the early years come alive in this 1996 mural by Larry Kangas. This colorful history is celebrated at "62 . . . — Map (db m96719) HM
Oregon (Grant County), Canyon City — St Thomas Episcopal Church National Register of Historic Places
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of Interior — Map (db m106916) HM
Oregon (Grant County), Canyon City — Welcome To Canyon City Gold Discovered Here In 1862
In June 1862, a company of miners from northern California were heading east over the Strawberry Mountain Range, when one of the men discovered gold on Whiskey Flat, half a mile south of here. Miners from all over the area flocked into the area, and . . . — Map (db m96722) HM
Oregon (Grant County), Dayville — Mascall Overlook John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Marker 1 Shows an overview map of the National Monument with other points of interest.

Marker 2 Like Icing on a Cake. "Between 16.6 million and 15 million years ago, eastern Oregon sat above the nascent Yellowstone hot spot's . . . — Map (db m108677) HM

Oregon (Grant County), Dayville — Picture Gorge Basalts John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
The dark layers of Picture Gorge were formed from seventeen distinct floods of lava flowing from nearby cracks in the earth. These basalt flows joined with others covering much of eastern Washington and Oregon, and northern Idaho, beginning about 16 . . . — Map (db m71521)
Oregon (Grant County), Granite — Granite, Oregon / Leaving Granite
Side A: Granite, Oregon Albert G. Tabor first struck gold just below the town of Granite on the Fourth of July, 1862. Tabor named his claim the Independence since his strike was made on Independence Day, and the town that sprang up . . . — Map (db m106791) HM
Oregon (Grant County), John Day — Civilian Conservation Corps Malheur National Forest
The CCC was created in 1933 to provide young men useful work during the Depression. Camp Canyon Creek (Company 1231) was established in 1937. The CCC built numerous facilities such as District offices, the John Day Compound, fire guard stations, . . . — Map (db m107548) HM
Oregon (Grant County), John Day — John Day/Canyon City
The mining camp town of Canyon City sprang up soon after the discovery of gold in Canyon Creek in 1861 (Note: actually June of 1862). When Grant County was formed in 1864 Canyon City became the county seat. Meanwhile, "Lower Town" . . . — Map (db m107547) HM
Oregon (Grant County), John Day — The Adventist Christian Church
Upper Marker: This church was built in the late 1890s by an Advent Christian minister. Dedicated in 1900 it was used for worship until the 1930s. After this congregation disbanded, the church was vacant for several years. During the . . . — Map (db m107546) HM
Oregon (Grant County), John Day — Welcome to Kam Wah Chung
Wlcome to Kam Wah Chung In 1890 you would be standing in the middle of a bustling Chinatown.Businesses and homes all around you, the temple in front, and Kam Wah Chung- the core of the community- would be to your left. Why is it the only . . . — Map (db m107442) HM
Oregon (Grant County), John Day — Welcome to Magone Lake
Elevation 5000 feet Surface 50 acres Depth 98 feet. Magone Lake was formed in the early 1800s by a landslide which dammed Lake Creek. Notice the tilted trees which rode down with the slide. The lake was named for "Major" Magone and . . . — Map (db m107489) HM
Oregon (Grant County), Prairie City — Sumpter Valley Railroad Hiking Trail Dixie Pass interpretive site
Imagine the American Indians first creating trails through these mountains hundreds of years ago. Later, in 1825 and 1826, Hudson Bay Fur Company trappers, led by Peter Skeene Ogden, crossed this very pass. In 1862 more people made this difficult . . . — Map (db m107101) HM
Oregon (Grant County), Seneca — Changing Times in Bear Valley
For the longest time life here in Bear Valley as quiet and change was slow. Native American seasonal camps gave way to small ranching operations of the first Europeans. In good weather the stagecoach ran through the valley. And in 1895, . . . — Map (db m108734) HM
Oregon (Grant County), Seneca — From Logging Camp to a Town
After spending a day skidding logs, laying track or building Seneca's first homes, the workers needed a place to call home; temporarily at least. In 1928 "Camp One" was established southwest of here, and with boxcars for homes, . . . — Map (db m108735) HM
Oregon (Grant County), Seneca — Railroad to a Brighter Future
Back in the early 1920's you may have left the dirt streets and wooden sidewalks of the town of Burns, to walk in these woods, where untouched ponderosa stood tall. But in a few short years, one of the biggest ever timber sales in the . . . — Map (db m108836) HM
Oregon (Grant County), Seneca — Rocks, Rails and Railroad Ties
When the railroad was being built the forest here was a busy place with trees being felled to make ties, and rock being blasted for ballast. In February 1927, forest ranger G. C. Blake reported: "Yesterday I made the trip from . . . — Map (db m108872) HM

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