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Historical Markers in the Willamette Valley

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V1 - Willamette Post, OR 219
South of Newberg, milepost 24
The first trading post in the Willamette Valley in 1811

V2 - Champoeg State Park, OR 219
Seven miles SE of Newberg at Champoeg State Park, near the pavillion
The site where Oregon's provisional constitution as adopted in 1843

V3 - Aurora, OR 99E
In the town of Aurora
Site of a Christian co-operative founded by Dr. Wilhelm Keil

V4 - Boones Ferry, I-5
Northbound Baldock Rest Area, south of Wilsonville
Tells the history of the Boones Ferry across the Willamette River near this site.

V5 - Boones Landing, of I-5
Boones Ferry Park (next to the Willamette River), Boones Ferry Road, Wilsonville
The establishment of Boones Ferry, Boones Landing (the precursor to the City of Wilsonville) and Boones Ferry Road.

V6 - Dayton Blockhouse, OR 221
Dayton City Park at Third & Main Streets.
Fort Yamhill moved to Dayton in 1911. Military Block house was built in 1856

V7 - Glacial Erratics, off OR 18
Seven miles west of McMinnville in Erratic Rock State Park.
This fine-grained rock was rafted to this location during catastrophic floods that occurred during the end of the Ice Age.

V8 - Grand Ronde Indian Reservation, OR 18
One quarter mile west of Grand Ronde Road & Hwy 18 intersection.
Tells of the forced relocation of inland valley Indians to the Grand Ronde Reservation, their fight for U.S. Government recognition, and their efforts toward economic stability.

V9 - James Nesmith, OR 99W
Polk County Fairgrounds entrance, City of Rickreall.
James Nesmith, a leader in early Oregon government, lived near this site.

V10 - Camp Adair, OR 99W
Thirteen miles north of Corvallis.
Site where military divisions were trained during World War II.

V11 - Brownsville, OR 228
Two blocks west of Main Street, Brownsville.
Describes the ancient beginnings of Brownsville and its evolution of names.

V12 - Santiam Wagon Road, US 20
At Upper Soda, milepost 52.
Founding of the route between central Oregon and the Willamette Valley.

V13 - America's First Transcontinental Automobile Race
On June 23, 1909, a Ford automobile arrives in Seattle from New York City in 23 days flat, completing the first transcontinental automobile race across North America

V14 - Bristow Monument, OR 58
East of Pleasant Hill, milepost 4.
Commemorates Bristow as 1846 settler in Lane County

V15 - Jesse Applegate, OR 99
5.5 miles north of Yoncalla.
Homestead of Jesse Applegate, pioneer, statesman, and philosopher

V16 - A Tale of Strong Recovery, I-5
Cabin Creek Rest Area (southbound), 6 miles south of Rice Hill.
Story of perserverance and recovery by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians.

V17 - Canyon Creek, off I-5
Exit 95, Canyon Creek Road.
Route of trappers, Applegate Trail, stage coaches, and freight wagons.

V18 - Homeland of the Cow Creeks, I-5
Cow Creek Rest Area (northbound), 25 miles north of Grants Pass.
History of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians.

V19 - Dead Indian Memorial Road, off I-5
Exit 14, 1/2 mile south on Hwy 66.
Explains the events leading up to and the reasons for the naming of this road.