Fort Briggs

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Fort Briggs (1855-1856) - A stockaded settler house converted to a fortification during the Rogue River Indian War of 1855-56. This fort protected settlers from the Sucker Creek area in the Illinois River Valley, Josephine County, Oregon. Abandoned for military purposes at the end of the war.

Fort Briggs with Mrs. George Briggs. The building burned down in 1908
Fort Briggs Marker
Fort Briggs Marker Locale Looking Toward the Fort Location

Rogue River Indian War (1855-1856)

A stockaded settler log house converted to a fort on the land donation claim of George E. Biggs (section 35, twp 39 south, range 8 west) during the Rogue River Indian War. The fort provided shelter for some 80 settlers along Sucker Creek in the Illinois River Valley. The squared log house and two barns were enclosed with a stockade. The fort was abandoned for military purposes at the end of the war but remained standing until 1908.

Current Status

Marker only in Josephine County, Oregon. The fort structure burned to the ground in 1908.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry:

  • Name: Fort Briggs Type: Historical Class: Locale ID: 863307
  • Location: Josephine County, Oregon, US, FIPS Code: 41033
  • Latitude: 42.1331697, Longitude: -123.6147889, Elevation: 1352 Map: Holland
  • As Of: 1 Sep 1993
Source: U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Location: Marker on Holland loop road, Sucker Creek, Josephine County, Oregon.

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Lat: 42.13333 Long: -123.61361

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Visited: 10 Nov 2012

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