Van Ornum Massacre

Van Ornum Massacre (HM20WP)

Location: Huntington, OR 97907 Baker County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 20.034', W 117° 14.736'

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In October 1860 the Van Ornum Party, survivors of the Utter Disaster, reached Farewell Bend. Here they again encountered Indians.
On September 9 & 10, in Idaho, the Elijah P. Utter wagon train suffered a two-day attack by Indians in which 11 emigrants were killed. Survivors fled down the Oregon Trail. Some remained in an Owyhee River camp. The Van Ornum Party continued on. In a crater 3 miles northwest of here, soldiers discovered the mutilated bodies of Alexis and Abigail Van Ornum, their son Mark, an young man named Samuel Gleason, and the 2 surviving Utter boys. The 3 Van Ornum girls and the youngest brother were taken captive.
HM NumberHM20WP
Placed ByBaker County Historical Society and Idaho Chapters of the Oregon-Calfornia Trails Association
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Date Added Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 480420 N 4908988
Decimal Degrees44.33390000, -117.24560000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 20.034', W 117° 14.736'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 20' 2.0399999999999" N, 117° 14' 44.16" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-30 BUS, Huntington OR 97907, US
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