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Discover the Oregon Trail Through the New Activity Guide

03/25/2019 | Cascade Locks, Heritage, Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip, The Dalles

Last year, while commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, Mt. Hood Territory decided to create an interactive tool that would inspire both kids and adults to learn more about the history of the trail.

Our free Oregon Trail Activity Guide explores everything about pioneer life, including wagon-packing tips, hand gestures used to communicate with Native American tribes and cooking on the trail. The information is delivered through coloring pages, mazes, matching games and connect-the-dots. Learn about history while having fun! Hopefully this activity book inspires you to see these historical sites in person. Here are a few suggested Oregon Trail locations in Mt. Hood Territory.

The Barlow Road

This route provided an alternative to the dangerous Columbia River. The Barlow Road began at The Dalles and wrapped around Mt. Hood until it ended in Oregon City. Today, travelers can follow the road and stop at many locations that were important to the pioneers including “Tollegate #5” near Rhododendron.

Summit Meadows

Stay at Summit Meadow Cabins and hike trails that provide incredible views of Mt. Hood. The Barlow Road route runs through the meadow, which served as a stopping place for pioneers to rest and graze their animals, while they prepared for the descent of Laurel Hill.

Laurel Hill

This site was one of the last major obstacles for the pioneers. Using trees as a pulley, they had to lower their wagons down the steep hill. You can still visit the location and find an appreciation for this difficult task.

Philip Foster Farm 

Visit the preserved historic farm of one of the early pioneer families. Tour the farm and try activities like corn grinding and log cabin building. Also watch demonstrations on blacksmithing or visit during one of their annual events like the Cider Squeeze.

Jonsrud Viewpoint 

Located in the town of Sandy, this site provides one of the most gorgeous views of the mountain, the Sandy River and the surrounding valley.

Find out more about these locations, and many more, in the activity book. Make sure to order yours today and then visit these locations and more during your Spring Break road trip.

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