We're going to start the year with a trip back to 1906-07. That is when Ezra Meeker decided to embark on a cross-country journey revisiting locales he first saw roughly 50 years earlier when he was a young man. In 1906 he mounted the Old Oregon Trail Monument Expedition with the goal of identifying and marking remaining sections of the Oregon Trail. Just shy of age 77 he loaded up the ox cart to follow his footsteps eastward to the beginning of the trail, in Missouri, and then beyond, trying to raise funds to put up markers to preserve the memory of the trail and the role it played in history.
Meeker's own story is an interesting one. He crossed the plains in 1852, made a fortune selling hops to beer makers, lost his fortune to aphids, and found fame with a new passion evangelizing the Oregon Trail story. We'll spend the week learning all about it from sets of postcards he sold to finance the expedition.
Over the years I have read numerous accounts of Ezra Meeker and all the adventures he had in his life, plus the people that he met here and there.
I would love to see this home, but have never had the opportunity, but may one day.
Gladys on 4th January 2021 @ 7:19am
This will be a fun expedition.
I always thought my mother in law experienced so many changes in her life. She was born and raised on Government Island where the I205 Bridge now crosses the Columbia. She went from rowing a boat across the river to attend school, to flying around the world on tours.
Ezra Meeker really saw changes.
L.E. on 4th January 2021 @ 8:13am
This place still exists?
What is that apparatus in the foreground?
nails on 4th January 2021 @ 11:18am
L.E is right, our parents and grandparents experienced some great changes but then we have also....when I started in the technology business in 1960 I had no idea that the future world would have on demand movies in the home as but one example of what we have experienced.
Arlen L Sheldrake on 4th January 2021 @ 11:54am
A few years ago, I was at a state basketball tournament in Tacoma. It was on my agenda to go see the Meeker Mansion, but I watched too much basketball. Like Gladys, it is still on my bucket list.
Washington History about Meeker. He really was an energetic character. I have to wonder if his wife, Eliza, was not as eager to relive the Oregon Trail.
L.E. on 4th January 2021 @ 12:40pm
His monument (End of the Oregon Trail) is still in the city park here in The Dalles.
Dan K on 4th January 2021 @ 4:03pm
Well, Dan K, you answered a question from tomorrow's post!
ArthurB on 4th January 2021 @ 5:21pm