Wooden wagon wheels at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

OREGON TRAIL 175

After traveling the 2,170-mile Oregon Trail, the wagon trains arrived to Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory during the fall months. With 2018 marking the 175th commemoration of the trail, this is the perfect season to experience the area just as they did.

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For the commemoration Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory worked with partners along the trail to have social media influencers travel 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.


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TRIP IDEAS
Tiny homes, big adventure on Mt. Hood
Tiny homes are the next big thing not just in housing, but in vacation  stays as well. The Mt. Hood Tiny House Village at the Mt. Hood Village Campground in Welches is a fun, beautiful and uniqu...
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Scarlett, the tiny red, vacation rental house is the epitome of farmhouse charm at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village in Welches
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
Modern Pioneers: Pascal Chureau
France is known as a culinary powerhouse. So what would draw a French chef to make his home in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory? The answer is just about everything, according to chef Pascal Chureau, who...
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outdoor dining West Linn oregon's mt hood territory
Modern Pioneers: Elaine Butler and Philip Foster Farm
Imagine you've been walking for months to get to your new home in Oregon. You've traversed hot, dusty plains, crossed rushing rivers and made your way over steep mountains, all while sleeping on the...
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Blacksmithing at Philip Foster Farm in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory
Modern Pioneers: Bethany Nemec
As we continue to mark the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, some people showcase the history of the famed migration every day. Bethany Nemec with The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center...
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Bethany Nemec
2018 Dahlia Festival Primed to Amaze
Mt. Hood Territory is home to the largest display of dahlias put on by one grower in the entire country, and that event is coming up fast. You could say Swan Island Dahlias in Canby is kind of a big...
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Circular close-up photo of Checkers, a red with white tips dahlia bloom, one of the thousands found at Swan Island Dahlias.
Modern Pioneers: Lory Duralia of Bosky Dell Natives
Creating a garden can be more than crafting a green space to beautify your living space. When done with thought and planning and the help of an expert, it can be about creating a better place not jus...
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red and yellow Daisy at Bosky Dell Natives in West Linn
Modern Pioneers: Sara Brennan and Trail Distilling
Trail Distilling has cemented itself as a must experience destination in Mt. Hood Territory and is the First Distillery in the First City since prohibition. You may not know that the first incorporat...
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Modern Pioneers: Joel Armstrong
Mt. Hood is well known as a skiing destination. With the longest ski season in North America at Timberline Lodge and the largest night skiing in the country at Mt. Hood Skibowl, skiers and snowboarde...
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mountain biking at Timberline Lodge on mount hood
Modern Pioneers: Anjelica Hayes at Fat Cupcake in Oregon City
The families who trekked across our country 175 years ago to come to Oregon displayed a pioneering spirit that lives on in entrepreneurs to this day. It takes an adventurous side to pour one's heart...
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Fat Cupcake
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.
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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