Journey of a Lifetime - Monroe, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 44° 18.932 W 123° 17.844
10T E 476283 N 4906962
One of two historical markers located next to the South Benton Community Museum.
Waymark Code: WMY5PA
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 04/26/2018
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 2

Marker reads:

Journey of a Lifetime

Overland emigrants embarked on the longest camping trip of their lives—and adventure of six months or more. They traveled without the benefit of rainproof clothing, down sleeping bags, flashlights, nylon tents, or portable stoves.

Campsites—like this grove of majestic firs—needed to provide firewood, water, and feed for livestock. When nightfall or mishap kept them from finding the best location, many weary emigrants simply camped where they could.

Long Tom....It had to be ferried, a a ferry was constructed by procuring two small Indian canoes, a little larger than the wagons, with a pine log made fast between. The contents of the wagons had to be taken out and placed on, not in, this frail boat and taking out out of the way for the next, and so on until all were over.

I was but a boy, driving the team of a widow lady.... She was taken sick the night before the crossing, and a baby girl was born to her. After receiving what attention it was in their power to give her, they all had crossed the river and left the sick woman and child in my charge.... Then with the help of the others, returned, and took the bed on which they were lying by the four corners, crossed and placed them in the tent I had prepared for them. A woman and child had died the night before under the same circumstanced. She was another member of the unfortunate Crowley family. But the woman and child I speak of both lived.

Tolbert Carter
Recollection of 1846

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Historical Society

Marker Type: City

Region: Willamette Valley

County: Benton

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

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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