LEGACY - The Westward Movement
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 03.628 W 121° 16.992
10T E 637503 N 4880021
2006 sign which was removed in 2016 and replaced with a wildlife sign.
Waymark Code: WMQPV
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 09/17/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 23

This sign was located at the summit viewpoint at Pilot Butte State Park

Marker Name: ”The Westward Movement”
Marker Text: Pilot Butte was a beacon for travelers.
On a day sometime in the year 1813, an Indian lookout, from one of several tribes summering in this vicinity, might have “hiked the butte” and from here observed an exploration party moving along the banks of the Deschutes River. The 1813 date, having been carved on a volcanic tuff boulder near the river, has been credited with indicating the presence of the first Euro-Americans in this vicinity.
From 1813 to 1835, fur trappers from the Hudson Bay Company at Fort Vancouver and the John Jacob Astor Company at Astoria searched for beaver along the waterways of Central Oregon. Other trappers of that time included Finian McDonald, Thomas McKay, Peter Skene Ogden, and Nathaniel Wyeth.
On December 4, 1843, the John C. Fremont Expedition, while mapping the West, camped in Shevlin Park, just west of here. They were headed south and were already experiencing difficult winter travel conditions.
This volcanic landmark had been called Red Butte, then later Pilot Knob. Diary sources from the 1853 Elliott Wagon Train mention “Pilot Butte by the River.” By the early 1860s, when military wagon trains traveled the Huntington Wagon Road between The Dalles and Klamath Falls, the common name Pilot Butte was entrenched. That route passed near the western base of the butte.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Central Oregon

County: Deschutes

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

Web link to additional information: Not listed

Visit Instructions:

Include your thoughts and observations pertaining to this location and your visit. Provide any additional history that you are aware of that pertains to this location. If the marker commemorates a historic building tell us what it is used for now or share with us the circumstances of an earlier visit to bring this locations history to life.

Please upload a favorite photograph you took of the waymark. Although visiting this waymark in person is the only thing required of you to receive credit for your visit, taking the time to add this information is greatly appreciated.

Be creative.

Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Oregon Historical Markers
Nearest Geocaches
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
Date Logged Log User Rating  
TheBeanTeam visited LEGACY - The Westward Movement 04/20/2007 TheBeanTeam visited it
Volcanoguy visited LEGACY - The Westward Movement 09/18/2006 Volcanoguy visited it

View all visits/logs