The Many Oregon Trails
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 45° 41.676 W 121° 20.570
10T E 629021 N 5061451
This is one of 13 historical markers in a special kiosk, devoted to the history of the Oregon Trail, and located at the Memaloose Park Rest Area on the south side of Interstate Highway 84 about 3.1 miles east of Mosier, Oregon.
Waymark Code: WMG9Z7
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 02/03/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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The Many Oregon Trails

The Oregon Trail was never a single set of parallel wagon ruts leading from Missouri to the Willamette Valley, nor did it ever consist of a single route. This fact was never more evident than here at Memaloose. Early overlanders passed this site on the Columbia River in Indian canoes, rafts, or Hudson's Bay Company bateaux. In the early 1840s an alternate route was established across the Columbia Plateau to The Dalles, where some emigrants continued via the river, while others drove livestock down its rugged banks. By 1846 Samuel K. Barlow's road across the south flank of Mt. Hood offered emigrants another alternate route to the Willamette Valley. The appearance of steamboats below the Cascades in 1851 presented yet another version of the Oregon Trail.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Willamette Valley

County: Wasco

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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