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.
2017 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: Rich Herman (16 - 17)
- Vice President: Paul Massee (16 - 17)
- Secretary: Polly Jackson (16 - 17)
- Treasurer: Glenn Harrison (16 - 17)
- Directors: Lynne Alvord (15 - 17)
- Directors: Ray Egan (17 - 19)
- Directors: Lorna Waltz (16 - 18)
2018 Chapter Outings and Activities
The Northwest Chapter is busy planning outings and activities for its members and the general public in 2018.
Events will be held to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Trails Act, which established the National Trails System.
March 10, 2018 - Northwest Chapter Meeting, Columbia River Discovery Center and Museum, The Dalles, Oregon
May 5, 2018 - Northwest Chapter Symposium, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon
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.