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Vale student crafts headstone for child’s gravesite along the Oregon Trail

Vale High School senior Troy Taylor (left) poses with his finished memorial headstone project for a six-year-old girl who died on the Oregon Trail. Taylor welded the wagon wheel as part of his senior project for Vale High. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

WILLOWCREEK – Out by Willowcreek, a wooden fence surrounds a small mound of rocks.

The site marks the lonely resting place of 6-year-old Gertude Wentworth, who died in 1874 along a barren, dusty area of the Oregon Trail known as Alkali Springs.

There, her . . .