Champoeg Pioneer Memorial Building at Champoeg Staet Park, Marion County, Oregon
Pictured is the Champoeg Pioneer Memorial Building at Champoeg State Park on the Willamette River, Marion County. Champoeg was the shipping and trading point for the first agricultural community in the Willamette Valley at French Prairie. At Champoeg, in 1843, a historic vote determined that the Oregon country would join the United States rather than the British Empire. The names of the 52 pioneers who voted in favor of the United States are carved on a monument just off this picture. The settlement at Champoeg was wiped out by flooding in 1860 and has never been rebuilt. The building in this picture was erected in 1918 as a memorial to the pioneers and provides a place for meetings, outdoor dramas, etc. and the park offers trails for walking and biking. The picture is Oregon State Highway Travel Division Photo #2997 from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Collection.
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