The Oregon Central Military Wagon Road Company was incorporated in Eugene, Oregon, in 1864. Among its stockholders were some of the leading citizens of Oregon, including Simeon G. Reed and William S. Ladd. The company constructed and maintained the road, which ran from Eugene to the Oregon border near the Owyhee river. One of its superintendents was Byron J. Pengra (1823-1903). The final dividend of the company was paid out on January 11, 1877.
The collection includes correspondence, financial records, organizational records, stock books and certificates, and legal documents. The organizational records include a bound journal, mintues, treasurer's reports, and committee reports. Also included are road superintendents' reports; field notes of a preliminary survey of the road route by B. J. Pengra, 1864; stockholder records; documents concerning the case of the company vs. H. C. Victor; letters of B. J. Pengra and Ben Simpson; and bills and receipts.
Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open to the public.Restrictions on Use :
The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.Preferred Citation :
Oregon Central Military Road Company records, Mss 993, Oregon Historical Society Research Library
The collection is arranged in the following series
Acquisition Information :
The collection was acquired in 1962Bibliography :
Beckham, Stephen Dow, The Oregon Central Military Wagon Road : a history and reconaissance ([Eugene, Or.] : Heritage Research Associates, 1981)
Related materials can be found at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library in the John Miller Drake papers, Mss 80; and the John Marshall McCall papers, Mss 911
Detailed Description of the Collection
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