This Ezra Meeker postcard shows the Oregon Trail about 50 years after the wagons stopped cutting grooves in the trail, the trail was still very recognizable. The parts of the trail I've seen in the Blue Mountains are far less distinct now.
Imagine that trail after an inch of rain...
Very young forest.
Rawhyde on 15th June 2021 @ 8:29am
When I was a sophomore at Hood River High School, I took Driver Training from Ocean Beach Patton. One time he had us take the old highway from Mosier to The Dalles. And near Rowena, he pointed out some ruts along side the road and told us that that was part of the Oregon Trail.
By the way, Beach Patton, as they called him, was a long-time, very dedicated teacher at HRHS.
Bill Seaton on 15th June 2021 @ 10:13am
If I remember correctly, there is a state park with camping at that site. off I-84
nels on 15th June 2021 @ 8:38pm
I think you're correct, nels-- Emigrant Springs State Park. I've stopped there a few times but I don't recall any tracks this distinct.
ArthurB on 15th June 2021 @ 11:30pm
You can see the Oregon Trail from the air even in places where crops are planted. There is a wonderful book, "The Oregon Trail Revisited" that traces the trail from beginning to end. Particularly in Wyoming there are a number of places where it's still visible.
Jeanie Senior on 16th June 2021 @ 7:13am
bet there were many places like this where tipping over was a possibility and family was deployed with a rope(s) uphill to steady the wagon......
sure see why wheel width was part of a toll road fee...........
great photo!!! good old days.......NOT
Arlen L Sheldrake on 16th June 2021 @ 7:18pm
My earlier trail guides, Bob and Bertha Reynolds have great material on the trail in the Blues, their previous home, and Wyoming their present home.
Kenn on 8th July 2021 @ 9:46am