Wooden wagon wheels at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center


This year marks the 175th commemoration of the Oregon Trail. The 2,170-mile trail was a wagon road that stretched from Independence, Missouri to the official end in Oregon City, Oregon. It wasn’t a modern road by any means, but rather parallel ruts leading through deserts, prairies and mountains. From the 1840s through the 1880s, thousands of pioneers trekked westward with the promise of a new life in the Oregon Country.

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory has worked with partners along the trail to have social media influencers feature sections of the entire Oregon Trail. This provides an opportunity to not only tell the story of the past but also the trail’s current story. In each city, the influencers interviewed and worked with Modern Pioneers from that area to tell their stories.

Who is a Modern Pioneer? You probably know some. Or maybe you are one yourself. Modern Pioneers are everywhere along the Oregon Trail. They are business owners, makers and leaders carrying on the entrepreneurial spirit of the original pioneers who set off on the Oregon Trail 175 years ago with the dream of a better life. These are the stories of the people who make up the cities along the trail, the Modern Pioneers of the Oregon Trail.

We invite you to follow along, share your photos with #oregontrail175, visit the links below and plan your own Oregon Trail trip. See you on the trail!

Onward to the Oregon Trail

Many partners throughout the state of Oregon and along the entire trail will be holding events during the year for the Oregon Trail 175th anniversary. Visit Travel Oregon for more information on the events in Oregon. Click on the partner logos below to see what is happening in each region.

Oregon Trail Partners:

Coin Toss Brewing's Tim Hohl is a Modern Pioneer
As communities along the famed Oregon Trail mark the 175th Anniversary of the nation's largest human migration, Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory is highlighting people who are modern day pioneers. These f...
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Tim Hohl Modern Pioneer idea circle
Discover the Oregon Trail Itinerary
In 2018, the pioneer spirit comes alive in Oregon for the 175th commemoration of the Historic Oregon Trail. This famous wagon route, spanning 2,170 miles (3,490 km), was the largest migration in Amer...
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Child reenactors grinding corn at Philip Foster Farm on the Barlow Road in Eagle Creek, Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory.
Explore the First City Itinerary
Day 1 Oregon City was the first city of the Oregon Territory and the perfect place to begin your Oregon Trail journey. Start at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Center where you ca...
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Lighted nighttime view of Oregon City's 130 ft. elevator which is one of only four municipal elevators operating in the world
On the Barlow Road Itinerary
Day 1 The Barlow Road was the last overland route of the Oregon Trail for the pioneers headed to the Willamette Valley. Make sure to visit the West Barlow Tollgate, between mileposts 50 and 51, on Hwy...
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Wooden directional sign at Barlow Pass with a wagon train scene, Barlow road info and mileages to Wamic, Dalles and Maupin
In the Shadow of Mt Hood Itinerary
Day 1 Philip Foster Farm, which was the last overnight stop on the Oregon Trail. Take a self-guided tour with living interpretation of the 1883-built farm house, the 1860s hay barn and the historic ga...
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Close-up of wooden wagon wheels at Oregon City's End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon's Mount Hood Territory
Play the Oregon Trail game
Time to ramp that nostalgia up to 11, remember the old Oregon Trail game? Now you can play it right here. Game can only be played on PC.     Oregon Trail SectionsMissouri to NebraskaWyomi...
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Oxen team pulling covered wagon image from Oregon Trail video game framed in a black circle
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