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Thrifty Haul

Until 1964 Highway 99 was the North-South corridor through the pacific coast states. Unlike California and Oregon, much of the former route of U.S. Highway 99 in Washington still exists as local roads and regular city streets. In my area … Continue reading

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The End of the Oregon Trail

The Dalles The Dalles was named by French-Canadian fur trappers for the French word for gutter. Here emigrants floated down the Columbia River in rafts through the stony river gorge. The passage, with emigrants and their wagons crowded onto a … Continue reading

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The Oregon Trail #11 The Whitman Mission

The Whitman Mission The Whitman Mission, founded in 1836 by Methodist missionaries Marcus & Narcissa Whitman offered religious instruction and medical services to the local Cayuse Indians. They also gave care and supplies to wagon parties travelling along the Oregon … Continue reading

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Oregon Trail #10 Three Island Crossing and The Blue Mountains

Three Island Crossing At Three Island Crossing emigrants on the Oregon Trail reached a critical junction. Here they had to decide whether to make the difficult crossing of the Snake River or take a longer alternative route along the south … Continue reading

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Oregon Trail #9 Ft. Bridger and Soda Sprngs

Fort Bridger   Ft. Bridger was originally a fur trading post established in 1842 by Jim Bridger. Later it became a vital resupply post for wagon trains taking the Oregon Trail. Jim Bridger discovered the Great Salt Lake. He was … Continue reading

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Oregon Trail #8 Devil’s Gate and South Pass

Devil’s Gate Devil’s Gate is a narrow gorge cut by the Sweetwater River in the Rattlesnake Mountains of Wyoming. The gorge was too narrow for wagons to pass. They had to go through a pass to the south of the … Continue reading

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Oregon Trail #5 Windlass Hill and Ash Hollow

Windlass Hill The windlass is an apparatus for moving heavy weights. Typically, a windlass consists of a horizontal cylinder, which is rotated by the turn of a crank or belt. A winch is affixed to one or both ends, and … Continue reading

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Oregon Trail # 4 Fort Kearney and the Platte River Crossing

Fort Kearney At each “Fort” the wagon train members are quizzed on the facts regarding that landmark. They then have to opportunity to buy needed supplies. Fort Kearny was established in the spring of 1848 in response to the growth … Continue reading

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Oregon Trail #3 Alcove Springs

Alcove Springs Pioneers stopping at this lovely site found the name “Alcove Springs” carved into the nearby rocks. The carving had been done by members of the ill-fated Donner Party when they had stopped to rest at this location.  This picturesque … Continue reading

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