Located just off the NW Jackson School Road exit from Highway 26/Sunset Highway is the final resting place of one of the most important people in Oregon’s history.
The marker says:
This short history of Meek’s accomplishments fails to really capture what he really accomplished in his 65 years of life. His near by grave marker as Scotch Church offers two more tantalizing clues into his life.
“To Honor the leader of those patriots, who on May 2, 1843 at Champoeg saved the Oregon Country to this Nation.” It’s signed Multnomah Chapter D.A.R. April 1929.
The headstone portion itself reads:
Feb. 9, 1810,
June 20, 1875
Aged 65 yrs. 4 mos. & 11 ds.
Luckily, there is a great biography about Joe Meek, called “No Man Like Joe: The Life and Times of Joseph L. Meek” which goes into very intimate detail of his life. Being fairly recently written it’s got a lot of good recent research in it.