Category: Meek's Cutoff

Categories: Oregon Trail


From Meek Cutoff, 1845:

The Meek Cutoff is perhaps the most infamous of all Oregon Trail branches. Seeking a more direct middle route across Oregon's High Desert and central Cascade Range, Stephen Meek, an experienced mountain man, led 200 wagons across the arid plains west of Vale, Oregon toward the eastern slopes of the Cascades. Unable to find water on its intended route west, the train turned north and, after a difficult search, found water at Buck Creek and the South Fork of the Crooked River. By the time Meek's wagon train arrived in The Dalles, at least 23 persons had died.

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Person Profiles (6)

14 May 1809 Dryden, Tompkins, New York, United States - abt 1845
21 Dec 1842 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA - 20 Jul 1915 photo
06 Mar 1840 Vernon, Knox, Ohio, USA - 17 Apr 1918
03 Oct 1809 Marbletown, Ulster, New York, USA - 01 Sep 1892 photo
abt 1832 Ohio, USA - abt 1849
abt 1829 Ohio, United States - abt 10 Oct 1851




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