Pine Tree Chapter
of the American Revolution
Whitman party was traveling west in 1836. After miles of dust in Virtue
Flat, they arrived at Flagstaff Hill. What they saw below was heaven. A
flat green floor, split by a placid river, stretched for miles. Shadows
from the high mountain range lined the valley as the sun disappeared
behind its highest peaks. A few miles northwest of where the trail
entered the valley was a tall tree. This solitary giant also cast a
shadow. It was the Lone Tree, a landmark and the valley's namesake
since men first saw it in 1811. Narcisa Whitman noted the tree and the
valley in her diary of August 25, 1836. "The place called Lone Tree is
a beautiful valley in the region of the Powder River, in the center of
which is a solitary tree, quite large, by the side of which travelers
usually stop and refresh themselves." Someone chopped the tree down in
1843. The famous western explorer John Freemont attributed the act to
"some inconsiderate emigrant axe."
Lone Pine Tree Chapter was organized on April 22, 1995, with 16
members. Ethelyn Williams was the organizing Regent.
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