Park Heritage Notes–Collier Memorial’s frontier campers (2010)


On your next visit to Collier Memorial State Park, look for two historical markers that tell the stories of famous 19th-century campers.

One identifies an 1855 campsite used by a Pacific Railroad survey party. The Williamson River, which flows through the park, was named for the party’s leader, Lieutenant R.S. Williamson. His fellow campers were Phil Sheridan, George Crook and J.S. Newberry. Sheridan served at Fort Yamhill (now a state heritage area) and in the  U.S. Civil War. Crook County is named for George Crook, also known for his Civil War service and later duty in the Pacific Northwest. Newberry was a geologist and explorer. Newberry Crater in central Oregon is named in his honor.

The other marker traces the travels of chief Hudson Bay Company trapper and explorer Peter Skene Ogden. His expeditions also are noted in markers at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint north of Redmond, and a spot on U.S. 20 just east of Juntura in eastern Oregon.

Collier Memorial Historic Marker

Oregon’s Historical Markers are majestic, routed wood signs made from native Port Orford cedar. The iconic beaver symbol graces the tops of the signs.

Fort Yamhill State Heritage Site
Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
Newberry National Volcanic Monument (U.S. Forest Service)
Crook County (Oregon Blue Book)

Posted on March 17, 2010, in state parks and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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