The Lone Tree of the Oregon Trail
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 48.714 W 117° 45.258
11T E 440355 N 4962331
Quick Description: Oregon History Sign about The Lone Tree of the Oregon Trail, east of Baker, Oregon.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 10/31/2007 7:33:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM2GNX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 38

Long Description:

This sign is located along Hwy 86 about 4 miles northeast of Baker, Oregon.

Marker Name: The Lone Tree of the Oregon Trail
Marker Text: Early Oregon Trail emigrants crested the south flank of Flagstaff Hill and, with the Blue Mountains looming to the west, saw a solitary tree in the valley below. Called l’arbre seul (the lone tree) by French-Canadian fur trappers, this large tree, possibly ponderosa pine or Douglas-fir, towered majestically above the floor of Baker Valley about three miles northwest of this marker. For many years--perhaps centuries--the Lone Tree served as a landmark for Indians, trappers, missionaries, and Oregon Trail emigrants, until felled in 1843 by what explorer John Fremont called, “some inconsiderate emigrant axe.”

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Eastern Oregon

County: Baker

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