Point of Beginning

Lay before land was Oregon

February 13, 2009
Maps on display Saturday offer glimpse of the Valley's early topography, celebrate the state's sesquicentennial.

February 11, 2009
By Paul Fattig
Mail Tribune

 
Running through the middle of the topographic map is Stewart Creek, flowing past numerous homesteads before emptying into the Gold River.

One of the spreads is owned by Samuel Colver, the pioneer who laid out the town of Gasburg in 1854. Wagon roads and pack trails lead out of the valley to distant places like Yreka.

"This is how the valley was settled when statehood was declared on Feb. 14, 1859," explained map creator Chuck Eccleston, a retired surveyor and civil engineer who volunteers at the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society office in Phoenix.

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