Historical Marker Series

Oregon Trail

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A scow powered by oarsmen let Oregon Trail wagons cross Snake River here from 1852 to 1870. Then Overland Stage service from Boise to a rail terminal in Kelton, Utah was moved to this crossing, and M.E. Payne installed a large (14 by 60 foot) new cable f…
A perilous ford at Three Island State Park was a formidable Oregon Trail barrier. Those who could not cross here faced a longer, more difficult southern route. No other ford between Missouri and Oregon troubled them so much. This was their largest river.…
To all pioneers who crossed over Three Island Crossing and helped to win the west.Erected 1931by Troop One Boy Scouts of AmericaRoslyn, New YorkScoutmaster E.K. Pietsch
"Travelers came to look upon it as an old friend - they felt an attachment for the tree that had so often sheltered and shaded them from storm and sun..."W.W.H. Davis (1853) Lone Elm Park was purchased by the City of Olathe in 2000 to provide preservatio…
The Lone Elm CampgroundThe land here at Lone Elm met the three requirements for a stopover for travelers on the trail...wood, water, and grass. Wood for campfires and wagon repairs, water for the support of people and animals, and grass for the grazing of s…
The TravelersFor more than four decades, tens of thousands of travelers camped here. The Lone Elm campground was one or two nights out from the frontier "jumping off" points on the Missouri River. The great lone elm tree that gave this frontier campground i…
In 1857, Newton Ainsworth claimed this land and allowed the trail travelers to continue camping here. A decade later, the railroads began to make their way west and the great overland trails became a part of history. The need for camping at Lone Elm ceased.…
The Oregon Trail crossed the hazardous Deschutes River at this point by floating the prairie schooners and swimming the livestock. An island at the river mouth was often utilized when the water was high and the ford dangerous. Pioneer women and children wer…
This monument honorsthe pioneer spirit ofthose courageous menand women who bytheir heroic trek acrossthe continent establishedhomes and civilizationin the Far Northwest
Over 300,000 persons passed along this trail in the years of its use to build an empire beyond our western frontier.
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