KEENE CREEK WAGON SLIDE - Jackson County, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 42° 07.790 W 122° 28.635
10T E 543204 N 4664323
Quick Description: This historical marker is located just off of Hwy 66 heading west, on the left, next to the Keene Creek Reservoir, in Jackson County, OR.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 5/3/2012 7:01:55 PM
Waymark Code: WMEBQC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 5

Long Description:
This historical marker is part of a series of historical markers located in Jackson County and commissioned by the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

This historical marker depicts the 'Wagon Slides', which were a way for settlers traveling on the Applegate Trail to traverse down a mountain by locking their back wheels with chains to keep them under control.

Directions to historical marker: If you're traveling on Hwy 66 towards Ashland OR, the marker is located just off of Hwy 66, on the left side, on an embankment and next to the Keene Creek Reservoir and surrounded by shrubbery. It is hard to spot with all the vegetation surrounding this T-marker.

The marker text reads:

HISTORIC APPLEGATE TRAIL 1846 - 1869

"KEENE CREEK WAGON SLIDE"

SOUTHERN OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY 1977

There is also a nice link to a great website devoted to the Applegate Trail and its history and mentions the Keene Creek Wagon Slide on its page. Click the link below to read more about it.

*BONUS NEARBY WAYMARKS*
If you're here, you might as well visit and log a nearby NGS benchmark and a Gaging Station waymark. Click the link below to visit and log the benchmark on Geocaching.com:

(visit link)

(I'll provide a link to the Gaging Station waymark here once I get it approved)
Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Historical Society

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Jackson

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

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

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