The Lure of Gold

The Lure of Gold (HM21KJ)

Location: Baker City, OR 97814 Baker County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 48.486', W 117° 43.908'

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Oregon Trail

—Oregon History —

Beginning in 1843, thousands of Oregon Trail emigrants trekked through this region toward new lives in the West. This epic journey indelibly etched the landscape with wagon ruts, such as those near by. When Henry Griffin, a prospector from California, discovered gold eight miles southwest of present-day Baker City in 1861, the emigration pattern changed radically. Eastern Oregon quickly became a destination for gold-seekers and settlers - many arrived from the Willamette Valley reversing their initial journey along the Oregon Trail to settle in this area.

Mining camps sprang up with the prospect of gold and many boomed into towns. By 1862 the nearby town of Auburn, which no longer exists, had a population over 5,000 and was among Oregon's largest cities. Local settlers established farms and stores, providing hay and produce to miners, and for much of the 1860s large wagon trains loaded with freight were a common site along this segment of the Oregon Trail.
HM NumberHM21KJ
Placed ByBureau of Land Management and National Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 442130 N 4961893
Decimal Degrees44.80810000, -117.73180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 48.486', W 117° 43.908'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 48' 29.16" N, 117° 43' 54.48" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near OR-86, Baker City OR 97814, US
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