Joseph L. Meek

Joseph L. Meek (HM5H4)

Location: Oregon City, OR 97045 Clackamas County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 21.472', W 122° 36.596'

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Born 1810 - Died 1875

Born in Washington Co. Va., Meek leaves home at age 18, arriving in St. Louis in the fall of 1828. Meek signs on as a trapper with the Rocky Mtn. Fur Co., remaining in the Rockies until 1839.

1839 - 1843: Meek travels to the Willamette Valley and eventually starts farming on the "Tualatin Plains".

1843: Early settlers recognize the need to form a governing body in the Oregon Country. They convene at Champoeg in May, 1843. Meek has a pivotal role in establishing an American type of provisionally government. He is appointed Sheriff of the Oregon Country.

1848: Meek accepts the duty of Messenger to Congress. He arrives in Washington D.C. on May 28, 1848, with dispatches concerning conditions in Oregon. Meek is hosted by his cousin, President James Polk. Oregon is admitted as a territory and Joe Meek is commissioned the first U.S. Marshal in the territory.
HM NumberHM5H4
Year Placed1995
Placed ByM. Utz
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 4:24am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 530551 N 5022780
Decimal Degrees45.35786667, -122.60993333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 21.472', W 122° 36.596'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 21' 28.32" N, 122° 36' 35.76" W
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Area Code(s)503
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 6th St, Oregon City OR 97045, US
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