major landmark, the Oregon Buttes marked the passage beyond South Pass into
Territory. In this region, many emigrants felt a sense of disappointment.
Having reached one of the key destinations, they were now struck with the
seemingly endless trek still ahead. Theodore Talbot in 1843 probably expressed
this sentiment best when he wrote: "Today we set foot in Oregon Territory,
the land of promise. As of yet it only promises an increased supply of sagebrush
About twelve miles southwest of Oregon Buttes lies the Tri-Territory site where Spain, France, and Great Britain all had a common boundary as the Mexican Territory, Louisiana Purchase, and Oregon Territory converged.