200 years of discovery
History of the naming of the
• Capture your story
• Carry information about current McKenzie River activities, opportunities and organizations
• Share the story of Donald Mackenzie’s travels and history
• Display artifacts of local history
Eugene Water & Electric Board
The mobile museum is temporarily at the Leaburg Library
Continued efforts to collect local history and document historical artifacts is underway.
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1783 - 1852
Man of the Millennium
He may have weighed 300 pounds with the height of 6'7", but there’s another reason Donald Mackenzie made an impression on this area. Born in Scotland in 1783, he passed on a possible career as a minister and instead became an explorer. Mackenzie made his way across an ocean and then a continent after accepting a partnership from John Jacob Astor to enter the fur trade.
Setting out from the settlement at Astoria in 1812, the energetic Mackenzie lived up to his nickname of “Perpetual Motion” while paddling up the Willamette and reaching the stream’s middle and coast forks as well as the tributary that now bears his name (despite a change in spelling).
Mackenzie may have had a good education but didn’t record his exploits. Others claim his enthusiasm for the region above the falls of the Willamette was unrestrained. The country, he is reported to have said, was “delightful beyond expression.” The “incredible” number of beaver which he found along the river was believed to exceed anything yet found on the entire continent; and he painted glowing pictures of rich prairies covered with innumerable herds of elk and of uplands teeming with deer and bear.
Donald Mackenzie had a prominent career with the Hudson’s Bay Company and made a fortune in the fur trade before retiring to Mayville in the western tip of New York State. He died there in 1851, at the age of 68. But he left his mark on an area we now call home.
River Reflections January 5, 2012 Issue
McKenzie River Bicentennial 2012
To commemorate the naming of the McKenzie River, and recognize 200 years of local history
To inspire and unify McKenzie River communities, and shape the future by recognizing the shared past
Celebrate the Unique McKenzie River
Identify and Preserve McKenzie River Stories
Inform, Promote, and Educate
Boost Tourism Profile
Strengthen Area Businesses
Increase Civic Pride
McKenzie River Bicentennial
To help preserve historical collections, your donation is welcomed.
Please make checks payable to:
BRCDC Blue River Community Development Corporation
Mail to: Bicentennial, P.O. Box 139, Blue River, OR 97413
The tax ID #93-1186618
The McKenzie River Bicentennial is organized by the Cultural Heritage Tourism Committee
McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce
Steering Committee: Chair, Margaret Beilharz; Marketing & Media, Judy Casad;
Consultant & Facilitators: Jim Baker, Marilyn Cross, George Letchworth, Carol Tannenbaum, Mary Sooh
Sandy Hulett, Jeff Sherman, Chuck Tannenbaum, Rob Miron, Peggy Pantel