Home  •   Field Guide  •   Forums  •    Unread Posts  •   Maps  •   Find a Hike!
| Page | Discussion | View source | History | Print Friendly and PDF

Provisional Government Monument

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Provisional Government Monument, Champoeg State Heritage Area (bobcat)

Description

The monument was dedicated in 1901 to mark the spot where the first American government on the Pacific Coast was created. In the early 1840s, before wagonloads of emigrants arrived via the Oregon Trail, Willamette Valley settlers met at Champoeg, the first town in the Willamette Valley, to create a probate court to oversee the distribution of cattle baron Ewing Young's estate (Young had died intestate in 1841 - see the Ewing Young Loop Hike). The settlers also discussed collective action to deter wolf predation of Ewing's roaming livestock.

In time, these early meetings assumed a larger scope. In 1843, a diverse group of 102 white male settlers gathered on the banks of the Willamette River to vote on a provisional government for the Oregon Territory. Government was established by a 52-50 vote, the deciders cast by a pair of French-Canadian trappers.

More Links


Contributors

Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

Hiking is a potentially risky activity, and the entire risk for users of this field guide is assumed by the user, and in no event shall Trailkeepers of Oregon be liable for any injury or damages suffered as a result of relying on content in this field guide. All content posted on the field guide becomes the property of Trailkeepers of Oregon, and may not be used without permission.