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Lone Pine Tree Chapter, DAR

Baker City, Oregon

Our History

The 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."

The Lone Pine Tree Chapter DAR was organized on April 22, 1995, with 16 members. Ethelyn Williams was the organizing Regent.

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Page last updated: June 26 , 2017

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