In Search of a Dream
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N 43° 54.576 W 117° 10.587
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History sign titled “In Search of a Dream” located in kiosk at the Keeney Pass Oregon Trail site, south of Vale.
Waymark Code: WMAXR7
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 03/08/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Marker Name: In Search of a Dream
Marker Text: From the 1830s to the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, the Oregon Trail was the way west for thousands of restless Americans from all walks of life.

Fired with a hope of finding a better life, more than 250,000 people left their homes, jobs, farms, and families to begin a six-month, 2000 mile trek by covered wagon. Walking most of the way, emigrants followed a route over plains, high mountains, and parched deserts. Only natural landmarks and evidence of previous travelers marked the path west.

Death, disease, and disappointment prevented many who started from completing the journey. Nearly every emigrant felt discouraged at some point in the journey. Grand hopes at the beginning became more like mirages as they traveled for weeks through the desert. Time, distance, and hardships seasoned these determined pioneers. They had the ability and had earned the right to mold their own destiny in the new land.

“. . . in a school geography . . . I saw . . a half page description of Oregon about its heavy forests towards the North, and its open country towards the South, abounding in game and wild horses . . . that page was thumbed until it was very dark. I would take it up as I came out of the coal mine, and look at that old book.” -- John Marte - Emigrant of 1844.

The reason why my folks came here was health; but the most of them came here for adventure and to improve their condition.” -- Joseph Henry Brown - Emigrant of 1847

“I left Missouri for Oregon. What started me this way was this: . . . I thought it was a good climate . . . Another inducement was to settle my family . . . of boys . . . they were getting to be men . . . Land . . . was hard to get and I thought by moving to a new country my boys could shift for themselves.” -- William Shaw - Emigrant of 1844

“We left the Snake river after passing almost a month among its deserts, sands, rocks and cheerless wastes . . .” -- Henry Clay Huston - Emigrant of 1852

“. . . Country very poor -- Nothing but sage and grease wood . . .” -- Cecella Adams and Fartheria Blank - September 23, 1852

“. . . o dear if we were only in Willamette valley or where ever we are going for I am tired of this.” -- Agnes Stewart Warner - September 9, 1853

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: BLM

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Eastern Oregon

County: Malheur

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

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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