"The Westward Movement"

"The Westward Movement" (HM16V5)

Location: Bend, OR 97701 Deschutes County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 3.636', W 121° 16.986'

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Pilot Butte Park

Pilot Butte was a beacon for travelers.
On a day sometime in the year 1813, and Indian lookout, from one of several tribes summering in this vicinity, might have "hiked the butte" and from here observed an exploration party moving along the banks of the Deschutes River. The 1813 date, having been carved on a volcanic tuff boulder near the river, has been credited with indicating the presence of the first Euro-Americans in this vicinity.

From 1813 to 1835, fur trappers from the Hudson Bay Company at Fort Vancouver and the John Jacob Astor Company at Astoria searched for beaver along the waterways of Central Oregon. Other trappers of that time included Finian McDonald, Thomas McKay, Peter Skene Ogden, and Nathaniel Wyeth.

On December 4, 1843, the John C Fremont Expedition, while mapping the West, camped in Shevlin Park, just west of here. They were leaded south and were already experiencing difficult winter travel conditions.

This volcanic landmark had been called Red Butte, than later Pilot Knob. Diary sources from the 1853 Elliott Wagon Train mention "Pilot Butte by the River." By the early 1860s, when military wagon trains traveled the Huntington Wagon Road between The Dalles and Klamath Falls, the common name Pilot Butte was entrenched. That route passed near the western base of the butte.

HM NumberHM16V5
Placed ByOregon State Parks
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 1:05pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 637511 N 4880036
Decimal Degrees44.06060000, -121.28310000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 3.636', W 121° 16.986'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 3' 38.16" N, 121° 16' 59.16" W
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Area Code(s)541
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 110 Pilot Butte trail, Bend OR 97701, US
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