ASSESSMENT Of PROPOSED PIONEER
CONTAINING APPLEGATE TRAIL RESOURCES
Appendix J - Applegate Trail: Silvestri Property
The Hugo Emigrant Trails Committee (Trails Committee) was
formed to bring together all those who want to learn more about the early transportation
in the area, from the casual admirer to the dedicated researcher.1
On August 20, 2003 three volunteers inventoried the
Applegate Trail on the Silvestri Property: 2.03 acre Tax Lot 350602-CO-000800-80.
Participants were property owner Gino Silvestri, Karen Rose, and Mike Walker. The
Silvestri Property was investigated before the Trails Committee was aware of the
Oregon-California Trails Associations "Mapping Emigrant Trails"
Three metal artifacts (parts of an ox yoke) were displayed by Silvestri that he and his
father had found with a metal detector in the earth of the roadbed being investigated as
the Applegate Trail.
Wagon Trail Inventory - OR-JA-00-35-06-2- Silvestri
The second field trip to the Silvestri trail site occurred August 11, 2004: Gino
Silvestri, Karen Rose, Mike Walker, Wayne McKy, Hal Anthony, Jacque Hardwick, Blake
Hardwick, Janet & Stephen McKy, Norbert Tieman.
Fix GPS AT G1 is at northeast end of road/wagon trail on Silvestris property
boundary (2.03 acres) off Red Mountain Drive, Grants Pass, Oregon.
The trail is parallel to Jumpoff Joe Creek and in the northwest portion of the property.
The general location matches several historical map locations of the Applegate Trail
(1856, 1895, 1916, 1932, 1955, & 1995 atlas). It is above Jumpoff Joe Creek and
approximately 25 feet above its first bench. Fix GPS AT G2 is at the middle of the trail
segment on Silvestris property. Fix AT G3 is at southwest end of trail on
Silvestris property boundary. It also matches the location of the "Approx.
center line of Territorial Road Willamette to Jacksonville" on the Josephine County
assessor map for Section 2, T.34S., R.6W., WM. The trail segment on the property varies
from 10 - 13 feet wide and approximately 200 feet long.
In conclusion, more work needs to be done by the Trails Committee using the OCTA mapping
standards (e.g., artifact search, review GLO field notes, field review by OCTA
representatives, etc.). 2 An interim trail classification of Class 2 or Class 3 , Verified
Trail, was recommended for trail segment OR-JA-00-35-06-2- Silvestri Property.
Want more information? Contact an officer of the Hugo
Neighborhood, or a member of the Trails Committee on how you can become involved.
1. Hugo Neighborhood. 2005. Public Outreach & Educational Brochure Program:
Hugos Emigrant Trails. Hugo, OR.
2. Office of National Trails Preservation & Oregon-California Trails Association (P.O.
box 1019, Independence, MO, 64051-0519, 816-252-2276, firstname.lastname@example.org). July 2002, 4th
edition. Mapping Emigrants Trails MET Field Manual.
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