Cooper Stage - Station Site - Klamath County, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 42° 09.106 W 121° 58.333
10T E 584916 N 4667138
A historical 'T' Marker located south of Clover Creek Road and north of the Klamath River.
Waymark Code: WMTWVN
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 01/15/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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This historical marker is part of a series of historical markers located all around Klamath County and commissioned by the Klamath County Historical Society.

The marker text reads:




This route of the historic Applegate Trail passed through this location in the year 1846 only. From 1847 onward, the Applegate Trail passed south of the Klamath River and across the river at historical marker A-58. I have uploaded a screenshot of a map of the area that highlights this historic marker (as A-56) and was created by the organization. Their website is dedicated to all the emigrant trails that passed through Nevada, California and Oregon and they have created many historical 'T' markers along specific trail points. Their website also sells publications devoted to these historic trails of the West.

An excerpt from the Trails guide reads:


As noted in the Trail Description for Marker A-54, the emigrant trail split into two branches shortly after leaving Miller lake. The initial 1846 route followed the Klamath River flood plain through modern-day Keno to a crossing of the Klamath River about one mile north of Keno. This is the route opened by the Applegate-Scott party as they pioneered a new wagon trail into Southern Oregon. This route was about 17 miles long, and, according to several diary accounts, the river ford was very rocky with "boulders from a foot through to the size of flour barrels." Markers A-53, A-54, A-56, and A-57 identify the 1846 branch.

Then in 1847, a new branch replaced the initial one. It was shorter (about 13 miles long) and the river ford was apparently less rocky and shallower than the ford on the 1846 branch. Thereafter,emigrant travel along the Applegate Trail followed the 1847 branch. Markers A-53, A-55, and A-58 identify the 1847 branch.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Historical Society

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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