H.H. Wheeler Landmark
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 44° 34.147 W 120° 05.442
10T E 731011 N 4939204
Quick Description: Historical marker noting the site of pioneer H.H. Wheeler's stagecoach
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 9/9/2012 8:58:11 AM
Waymark Code: WMF8A0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 3

Long Description:
Marker Name:
H. H. WHEELER
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Marker Text:
FOR WHOM WHEELER COUNTY
WAS NAMED,
FIRST PRESIDENT OF
EAST OREGON PIONEER ASSN.
ALSO U.S. MAIL CARRIER FROM
THE DALLES TO CANYON CITY,
WAS ATTACKED NEAR THIS SPOT
BY INDIANS, WAS WOUNDED, MAIL
LOOTED AND COACH DESTROYED,
SEPT. 7TH. 1866
MEMORIAL ERECTED BY
EAST OREGON PIONEERS.

Location:
The Marker is located about two miles east of the small Wheeler County town of Mitchell, Oregon, near Keyes Mountain. There is a brown highway sign indicating the upcoming marker. The marker is in the right-of-way on the south side of US Highway 26, in a break in the guard rail.

Additional Details:
The subject of the marker, Henry H. Wheeler, was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and moved west to California in 1857, settling in the Yreka area where he engaged first in mining, later in sawmilling. He then moved to the Salmon River in Idaho for mining. Ultimately he went into the business of running a stagecoach and established a line in Oregon between The Dalles and Canyon City. The coach carried passengers for a fee of $40 each and also hauled the U.S. Mail.

On September 7, 1866, he was jogging alongside the stage, which carried the mail, $10,000 cash, jewelry and one passenger, the Wells Fargo manager. About 15 to 20 Indians ambushed them, with one shot striking Mr. Wheeler in the face. He and the passenger were able to escape on horseback, while the Indians remained and looted the stage, ignoring the mail and cash but stealing the jewelry and other valuables.

Having been placed circa 1920, the Wheeler marker itself is considered a landmark by the State of Oregon Historic Preservation Office.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Eastern Oregon

County: Wheeler

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

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

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