Mapleton Hill Pioneer Trail
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
N 44° 04.468 W 123° 55.267
10T E 426242 N 4880556
This marker can be found at the beginning of a lovely forest stroll filled with historic details of the area.
Waymark Code: WM8K2
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 03/08/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 10

This is the first of several markers along this trail.

Marker Text:

Mapleton Hill Pioneer Trail

Animal and Aboriginal Trail Pre-1875
Deer and other traveling animals cut the first paths through thick forest vegetation. Early Native Americans then followed and improved these paths on their hunting expeditions, creating the first trails.

North Fork Pioneer Trail 1875-1908
This area officially opened for settlement in 1875 when the Coast Indian Reservation closed. White settlers used existing trails as they sought new areas to hunt, trap and stake homesteads. Families and cattle herds soon followed and settlers realized that the trail had become too small to handle the increasing traffic.

On The Road Again 1916-1927
A new problem appeared when people started trading in their wagons for the new “horseless carriage,” the car. The road’s narrow width and 13 tight switchbacks gave vehicles a rough time. Around 1916, Locals widened this dirt road and enlarged the switchbacks to accommodate the automobile.

Latest Construction 1927-Present
Even with the latest construction, traveling this road proved miserable and scary. The need for major reconstruction quickly became a necessity. In 1927, Lane County eliminated seven of 13 switchbacks, widened and rocked the road, and added turnouts for passing vehicles.

The rich history of Mapleton Hill Road makes it eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. To enjoy that history yourself, take a short walk along a piece of the original road and trail.

This trail was made possible through the efforts of the USDA Forest Service in cooperation with:
Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians Lane County Sheriff’s Forest Work Camp Mapleton Grange North Fork Grange

Historic Topic: Native American

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: Trail

Region: Coast

County: Lane

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

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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