Covering Washington, Oregon & British Columbia
1/7 Setting a Trail Marker on the Oregon Trail
2/7 Confirming Oregon Trail in the Blue Mountain
3/7 Blue Mountain trees growing in the trail
4/7 2013 Pre-convention Tour west of Pendleton
5/7 Swale at Echo Meadows
6/7 Applegate trail marking near Lower Klamath Lake
7/7 Applegate trail in Willamette Valley
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.
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.
New Resource: Northwest Trail Isssues
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. We only have until March 19 to send comments to the BLM.
Please read this new section for details, and information about sending comments to the BLM.
2014 Chapter Leadership
Below is a list of OCTA Northwest members holding elected and appointed positions with the chapter. Additional information is available in the link below.
- President: Jim Tompkins
- Vice President: Rich Herman
- Secretary: Polly Jackson
- Treasurer: Glenn Harrison
- Directors: Lynne Alvord
- Directors: Skip Massee
- Directors: Ray Egan
2015 Chapter Outings and Activities
March 13, Friday, Afternoon: See Exra Meeker's Wagon. This is a Pre-Meeting Function for the NW OCTA 2015 Annual Meeting. Andy Anderson has contacted the Washington State Historical Society about getting access to the covered wagon Ezra Meeker travelled in in his 1906 Old Oregon Trail Memorial Expedition. Although it is currently off display, they are willing to let us visit their storage facility in small groups. Andy suggests 2:30-4:30 Friday afternoon. While we are waiting to see the wagon, they are prepared to lay out some of the GLO maps Ezra used for his 1910 trip. The place is the old Ferry Museum, 315 Stadium Way in Tacoma. See this link for detailed driving instructions: http://www.washingtonhistory.org/research/research-center/directions .
March 13, Friday, 5 to 7 pm: Wine and Cheese Get Together. This is a Pre-Meeting Function for the NW OCTA 2015 Annual Meeting. The Puyallup Historical Society at Meeker Mansion is pleased to invite chapter meeting attendees to an informal wine and cheese get-together at the Mansion (312 Spring St (also 321 Pioneer) ).
March 14, Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm: NW OCTA 2015 Annual Meeting. Puyallup Peace Lutheran Church, Puyallup Washington. The Church is across the street from the Meeker Mansion. A special rate has been arranged with the Puyallup Best Western Hotel and Conference Center of $109 per night plus taxes ($124.72 per night including taxes) for Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14, meeting day. See the NW Chapter Winter 2015 Newsletter for details. ( http://www.octa-trails.org/media/dynamic/files/650_NW%20Trails%20Winter%202015.pdf ) The registration form has been sent to chapter members.
April 20, Monday, 9 am: Trail Inventory Project Review - Dave Welch. Museum of the Oregon Territory. The results and plans of the Trail Inventory Project will be reviewed. In the afternoon, trail preservation issues and other items of interest will be discussed.
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!
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
Northwest Trails is the newsletter for the Northwest Chapter. It is published quarterly (January, April, July, October) in electronic and print versions.
The handbook provides by-laws other governing information for the chapter.
Since 2000, the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center has honored individuals that have made significant contributions to trail history.