Trapping Conservation and Self-Reliance News

New memorial to slain trappers marks turning point in Oregon history
Oct 28, 2023 07:35 ET

One hundred and ninety-five years ago, a trapper arrived in Fort Vancouver with news that 15 of his colleagues had been slain by members of the Quuiich Tribe in what is now Oregon’s Douglas County, their horses, furs and personal belongings stolen; their bodies left to rot.

Now, on Oct. 28, local history buffs will gather near Reedsport to dedicate a monument to the men who were part of the business partnership of a Smith, Jackson and Sublette trapping party led by Jedediah Smith. Recently listed as the Smith, Jackson and Sublette Burial Site, it is believed to be the oldest cemetery in Douglas County recognized by the Oregon Commission on Historical Cemeteries and among the oldest in Oregon.