Northwest

Covering Washington, Oregon & British Columbia

Setting a Trail Marker on the Oregon Trail

1/7 Setting a Trail Marker on the Oregon Trail

Confirming Oregon Trail in the Blue Mountain

2/7 Confirming Oregon Trail in the Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain trees growing in the trail

3/7 Blue Mountain trees growing in the trail

2013 Pre-convention Tour west of Pendleton

4/7 2013 Pre-convention Tour west of Pendleton

Swale at Echo Meadows

5/7 Swale at Echo Meadows

Applegate trail marking near Lower Klamath Lake

6/7 Applegate trail marking near Lower Klamath Lake

Applegate trail in Willamette Valley

7/7 Applegate trail in Willamette Valley

Our interest is in study, research, protection, preservation, and enjoyment of the historic trails in Oregon and Washington. We have the privilege of living in the territory that was the reason for the emigrant trails.

Overview

Many of our members are descendents or know descendents of trail pioneers although many don't have these connections. We strive to preserve our heritage.  Some of the more notable NW sites along the trails are the Columbia River, Fort Vancouver, ruts near Echo, Barlow Road, Blue Mountains, Whitman Mission, the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City, and the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City. There is more to see on the Applegate Trail (the Southern Route to Oregon). Our chapter is deeply involved with researching, mapping, and marking the historic trails. We have semi-annual tours which are open to the public of sections of the trails. Please join us - it's fun.

      Chapter Mission

      The mission of the Northwest chapter of OCTA is to support and initiate local efforts using private and governmental partners and to join with adjacent chapters in support of the national association efforts in identifying, preserving, protecting and educating the public about the Oregon Trail and California Overland Trail legacy.

          Issues Affecting Northwest Trails

          If you scroll down to the Resources Section, you will see a new section titled "Northwest Trail Issues". This section will be used to address current issues of importance to the Northwest Chapter.

          Of immediate concern is the proposed transmission line from Boardman to Hemingway. This line will severely impact the Oregon Trail.

          This issue was discussed in detail during the NW OCTA Annual Chapter Meeting on March 14. A resolution was passed protesting the proposed route. This was sent as a comment to BLM.

          Several chapter members sent comments as individuals.

          The comment period is over, as of March 19.

          Please read the Issues section for details.

          2016 Chapter Leadership

          Below is a list of OCTA Northwest members holding elected and appointed positions with the chapter. Additional information will soon be available in the link below.

          • President: Rich Herman
          • Vice President: Paul Massee
          • Secretary: Polly Jackson
          • Treasurer: Glenn Harrison
          • Directors: Lynne Alvord
          • Directors: Ray Egan
          • Directors: Lorna Waltz

          2017 Chapter Outings and Activities

          2017

          March 31 - April 2 - “Columbia River: Layers of History” symposium in Vancouver, WA.

          For more information, please contact Lethene Parks

          Explore the Cowlitz Pass

          Shortly after Ezra Meeker completed his ambitious 1906 expedition to preserve the Old Oregon Trail the Daughters of the American Revolution approved a proposal to honor the memory of Oregon Trail pioneers in Washington State. The Sons of the American Revolution give support to DAR’s program.

          Explore the Naches Pass

          The Naches Trail crosses the Cascade Range through Naches Pass, roughly from today's Bonney Lake in the west to Yakima in the east. Later the name was applied to the route from Walla Walla to Steilacoom, as an extension of the Oregon Trail.

          Finding the Free Emigrant Road

          Find the "Free Emigrant Road" from an easy chair!
          Read about things you never knew existed!

              Resources

              Northwest Trail Issues

              This section will address current issues of importance to the Northwest Chapter. Of immediate concern is the proposed transmission line from Boardman to Hemingway. This line will severely impact the Oregon Trail

              NW Chapter Newsletter

              Northwest Trails is the newsletter for the Northwest Chapter. It is published quarterly (January, April, July, October) in electronic and print versions.

              Northwest Chapter Handbook

              The handbook provides by-laws other governing information for the chapter.

              Richard & Trudy Ackerman Meritorious Achievement Award

              Since 2000, the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center has honored individuals that have made significant contributions to trail history.

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              Regional Chapters Northwest

              Save the Trail: Preservation
              Paper Trail: Pioneer Documents

              OCTA News

              Join us for our Council Bluffs Convention, August 8-12, 2017

              The Oregon-California Trails Association presents OCTA's 35th annual con ...

              Proposed Transmission line transects Oregon Trail

              The final Environmental Impact Statement on the Boardman-Hemingway power ...

              Emigrant Trails Hall of Fame now available online

              OCTA Activities

              National Trails Day Event, Olathe, KS - June 3, 2017

              May 11, 2017

              Speakers Bureau

              Jan 30, 2017

              2016 Annual Convention Highlights

              Aug 01, 2016

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