Meacham re-dedicates historic marker

<p>Nearly three dozen people attended the Sept. 20 re-dedication and ribbon cutting of the Historic Oregon Trail marker at Meacham.</p>

More than 30 people were on hand during a re-dedication and ribbon-cutting at the Historic Oregon Trail marker at Meacham.

Lon Thornburg introduced Greg Barreto, candidate for State Representative House District 58, who shared the history of the area during the Sept. 20 event.

The process of cleaning up the area around the historical marker began after gaining permission from Mike Leake, manager of track maintenance with the Union Pacific Railroad and Randy Randolph of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Those present during the event shared stories over Blue Mountain bars donated by the Meacham Gazette and coffee donated by the Historic Meacham Hotel.

Oregon Travel Experience was able to salvage some of the boards from the original Beaver Board and they turned the boards around so the old writing is on the back of the sign. If you stand just right you can see the writing that says, “Meacham was the Capitol of the United States for the Day” — not as the new sign reads “Meacham was the Capitol for the day.” Although, Annie Von Domitz of Oregon Travel Experience had a hard time believing Meacham was actually the capitol of the United States for a day and altered the text, the residents of Meacham will always hold the history dear to their hearts.  

On July 2, 1923, President Warren G. Harding stopped at Meacham to speak at a ceremony commemorating the Oregon Trail. While there, Harding declared the town as the nation’s capital for the day.

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