Klamath River Crossing - Topsy Reservoir, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 42° 08.217 W 122° 01.810
10T E 580147 N 4665436
This is one of two interpretive displays located just off Hwy 66 at Topsy Reservoir and near an official 'Beaver Board' highlighting the the historic Applegate Trail that passed through here.
Waymark Code: WMPRPH
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 10/14/2015
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Located just off Hwy 66 in a parking area as part of Topsy Reservoir are two interpretive displays that highlight the historic Applegate Trail that passed through this area. This placard reads:

Klamath River Crossing

Large lakes, lush marshes, and verdant meadows of the Klamath Basin foretold the richness of the Oregon country. Watchful against cattle being stampeded by Indians, emigrants encountered mud, rain, a lack of grazing, and other unforeseen hardships. In contrast to other trails, once having passed the Great Basin desert, potable water was generally quite sufficient, and grazing was available near water. In 1850, with little food, John Mclashen wrote "We had saved a few handfuls of corn meal which we mixed in a little water and give each animal a mouthful. We recruited the inner man by a small drink of brandy....."

We crossed the Klamath River this evening with our waggons and got over without difficulty except that one of our train['s] loose oxen got mired at the bank of the river and detained us some time. We proceeded to the mountain near by and had a succession of steep ascents, requiring double teams to accomplish the ascent. After driving 10 miles near dusk one of our waggons broke down, the fore wheel being smashed....a total loss to us.

William Hoffman
October 24, 1853

The Klamath River is much deeper now than it was in the mid-1850s, due to the dams along Klamath River that have created Topsy Reservoir here.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: BLM

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Klamath

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

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

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