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End of the Oregon Trail Historic Site

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From the Baker Cabin, travel south on Hattan Road, to Gronlund Road. Turn from Gronlund west onto Bradley Road, then south onto Holcomb Boulevard. Follow Holcomb Boulevard to Abernethy Road, then drive west on Abernethy Road to Washington Street, turn right to the three 50-foot-tall wagons and the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
After 2,000 miles on the Oregon Trail and a journey lasting five long months, the emigrants finally came to the end of …

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Baker Cabin

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From Eagle Creek, travel west on Highway 224 to the Springwater-Bakers Ferry Road, and then to the junction of Hattan Road. After living out of the family’s wagon for a number of years, Mrs. Baker’s sympathetic neighbors built this cabin for her in 1856. Mrs. Baker’s husband, a mason, quarried basalt from a nearby pit and was too busy to build a cabin for his family. The Baker Cabin is listed on the National Register …

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Philip Foster Farm

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Follow Highway 211 to Eagle Creek, 6 miles south of Sandy. 
Philip Foster’s place on Eagle Creek was the emigrants’ last stop before reaching Oregon City and the end of the Oregon Trail. Weary pioneers could rest here, buy food, or sample one of Mrs. Foster’s famous home-cooked meals before moving down the road. The (last) Foster house, built in 1882, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
JZH Historical Society.

Sandy

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Follow Highway 26 into Sandy. Jonsrud Viewpoint is located on Bluff Road one mile north on Highway 26 to the overlook. Meinig Park: just south of Highway 26.
Jonsrud Viewpoint provides a spectacular overlook of the Barlow Road’s route from Mount Hood to the Sandy River. Three interpretive signs describe the route, the emigrants’ efforts to cross those last mountains and rivers, and the Barlow Road toll station that was operated here.
City of Sandy.

Wildwood Recreation Site

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On Highway 26 near mile post 40, west of Welches.
Emigrants camped either at Rhododendron or west of here beside the Sandy River. After 1847, almost all emigrants traveled through Wildwood before crossing to the north bank of the Sandy River.
Bureau of Land Management.

West Barlow Tollgate

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On Highway 26 between mile posts 44 and 45.
The West Barlow Tollgate in Rhododendron was the last toll gate operated on theBarlow Road (1879-1919). A replica of the original gate stands between two maple trees planted by Daniel Parker, gate keeper from 1883 to 1902.
U.S. Forest Service.

Laurel Hill

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Subject:Site of the most treacherous descent of the Oregon Trail through Cascade Mountains.
HISTORIC OREGON TRAIL
The Pioneer Road here detoured the Columbia River Rapids and Mount Hood to the Willamette Valley. The road at first followed an old Indian trail. The later name was Barlow Road. Travel was difficult. Wagons were snubbed to trees by ropes or held back by drags of cut trees. Early travelers named the hill from the …

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Government Camp

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On Highway 26 at mile post 53 on the Government Camp Business Route. 
In 1849, a U.S. cavalry group crossing the Barlow Road was caught in a winter storm and the troops were forced to abandon several of their wagons. Emigrants who later camped at this site named it Government Camp for the cavalry wagons they found here. The Oregon Trail goes right through town and a stone monument and interpretive shelter in Government Camp orient …

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Timberline Lodge

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Follow Highway 26 to Timberline Road, then drive 6 miles north.
From the upper chairlift, see the same panorama viewed by Joel Palmer as he scouted the overland route later known as the Barlow Road.
U.S. Forest Service.

Summit Meadow

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Follow Highway 35 south to Highway 26, then drive west one mile to Forest Service Road 2656, south one half-mile to Forest Road 2612, and then west one half-mile.
The deep, rich grasses the emigrants found in this meadow, now just one-third of its original size, provided livestock with some of the first good forage since leaving Tygh Valley. A corduroy road helped emigrants across this sometimes swampy area. An emigrant cemetery is across the road …

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