Making Jordan Valley Home
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N 42° 58.464 W 117° 03.178
11T E 495680 N 4757973
This history sign is located near the corner of Bassett and Main Streets in Jordan Valley.
Waymark Code: WMATXJ
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 02/24/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 3

Marker Name: Making Jordan Valley Home
Marker Text: Before the discovery of gold along the banks of Jordan Creek on May 18, 1863, this arid region was the exclusive domain of American Indians, a few hardy explorers, and Hudson’s Bay Company fur trappers. The prospect of gold quickly changed this attitude, and eastern Oregon became a destination for hundreds of miners. Merchants with heavily-laden pack animals quickly took advantage of the opportunity, and so too did ranchers, woodcutters, blacksmiths, stone masons, carpenters, gamblers and a host of others from all walks of life.
The sudden population increase in this region alarmed local Native Americans, especially when miners and ranchers disturbed or took possession of their traditional hunting and food gathering areas. Harassing attacks intended to drive the newcomers away, only brought more white men -- soldiers - to guard the trails and tiny settlements. This tragic conflict between two widely different cultures lasted 5 years until a treaty was signed in 1868.
The first haw farms sprang up along lower Jordan Creek in late 1863, and by 1865, large bands of cattle and sheep were on their way from California bound for the slaughtering pens of the mining camps. Mining gradually began to take second place to ranching and stock raising by the 1870s, but the import of cattle and sheep to feed the miners and the need for horses and mules for transportation was the beginning of the livestock industry in Jordan Valley.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: City

Region: Eastern Oregon

County: Malheur

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

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

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