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Table Rock Monument - Jackson County, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 42° 27.287 W 122° 56.068
10T E 505388 N 4700273
Quick Description: This historical monument is located east of Table Rock Rd in Jackson County, OR.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 2/25/2013 6:02:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMGFAW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 7

Long Description:
Anyone traveling along Table Rock Rd in Jackson County will probably not even notice an inconspicuous sign that says 'TABLE ROCK MONUMENT' on the right side if you're heading north. Behind the sign is an unobtrusive granite monument with a dark, bronze plaque that says the following words:

ERECTED 1928 BY CRATER LAKE CHAPTER
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
AND GENERAL JOSEPH LANE SOCIETY
CHILDREN OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
HONORING THE COURAGEOUS MEN, LED BY
GENERAL JOSEPH LANE
WHO ON SEPT. 10, 1853 MET NEAR THIS SPOT
AND SIGNED A TREATY OF PEACE
WITH THE ROGUE RIVER INDIANS.

COL. JOHN E.ROSS, CAPT. J. W. NESMITH, CAPT. L. F. MOSHER
CAPT. A. J. SMITH, LIEUT. A. V. KAUTZ, SAMUEL H. COLVER
JOEL PALMER, R. B. METCALF, J. D. MASON, T. T. TIERNEY
CHIEFS, SAM, JOHN, JIM, JO, LIMPY

There is a weblink to the Crater Lake D.A.R. Society here and a weblink to the Takelma Society, C.A.R. website here.

I found some very good web links to biographies of General Joseph Lane, who was then-Oregon Territory's very first governor. Wikipedia has a writeup on him here. The Oregon History Project website has a great writeup on Joseph Lane and also mentions his military actions at Table Rock by saying:

In 1853, Lane led U.S. forces against the Rogue River Indians, who he had forced to sign a peace treaty three years earlier. He was severely wounded at the Battle of Evans Creek, but still helped to negotiate a treaty at Table Rock to temporarily end the conflict.

Like many ambitious men of his day, Lane used his dealings with Indians to improve his own political future, hoping some day to be elected president. He never realized his dream, however. After leaving the Senate in 1861, Lane removed to his homestead near Roseburg, where he lived the rest of his days.

Lastly, the Oregon Encyclopedia has a good writeup on Joseph Lane's life here.

I also found it an interesting coincidence to read Captain J. W. Nesmith's name on the marker, since I've encountered other historical markers with his name in recognition. He was an instrumental voice and representative of Oregon for the incoming white settlers to the Southern Oregon lands and a negotiator with the Native Americans who were fearful of the new people settling on their lands. There's a nice article written in 1889 that highlights Colonel James Willis Nesmith's life in more detail here.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Daughters of the American Revolution

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Jackson

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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