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Oregon Trail Markers east of Tenino

In 1916 the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution placed ten markers on the Oregon Trail in Washington at the following places: Tumwater, Bush Prairie, Tenino, mouth of Skookumchuck, Chehalis (formerly Saunders Bottom), Jackson Prairie, Toledo (formerly Cowlitz Landing), Olequa, Kelso and Crossing of Lewis River.

The Pacific Highway at Vancouver followed the Old Cowlitz Trail north to Olympia. The Cowlitz Trail was an extension of the Oregon Trail.

Tenino was also the place where the Cowlitz Trail between The Columbia River and Puget Sound split, branching to Budd Inlet at Olympia, Washington and Commencement Bay at Tacoma, Washington respectively.

2011 map

Pic 1. On Sussex St. (Pacific Hwy) in Tenino. This was the first marker placed by Ezra Meeker in 1910.

Pic 2. In 1916 the Daughters and Sons of the revolution placed this marker at the crossing of Scatter Creek by the highway in Tenino. This marker can be found along Old Hwy 99 just north of Tenino.

Pic 3. Looking north

 


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