Vale (HM20SL)

Location: Vale, OR 97918 Malheur County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 58.926', W 117° 14.964'

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Origin of name, Vale of Cashmere

The first building on the site on the present City of Vale was built on the banks of the Malheur by Jonathan Keeney in 1864. He offered accommodations to the migrants and miners on their way to the Powder River area. The crossing of the Malheur, by the wagon trains on the Old Oregon Trail, was made at Vale. Near the crossing, natural hot springs bubbled forth and it is reported that the immigrants welcomed the source of hot water for laundering and bathing. The Malheur was named by Peter Skeen Ogden in 1826 while in command of a fur trading expedition for the Hudson Bay Co. out of Ft. Vancouver, who left a cache of supplies and furs hidden on the river. When he returned for them, he found that Indians had raided his storage place. He named the river Malheur, which translated literally means "Evil Hour".
HM NumberHM20SL
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Date Added Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 479998 N 4869914
Decimal Degrees43.98210000, -117.24940000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 58.926', W 117° 14.964'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 58' 55.56" N, 117° 14' 57.84" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Clark St N, Vale OR 97918, US
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