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.

B2H in Oregon - Your Chance to Speak Out

The Oregon Public Utilities Commission is holding a hearing on the proposed Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line (B2H). They are going to determine if the line can be constructed in the state of Oregon. 

All members of the NW OCTA chapter are urged to attend the meeting, if possible. Anyone will be allowed to talk, but just having a presence showing that OCTA cares is important.

The meeting will be held on April 10, 2018 in Salem. The address is 201 High Street SE, Salem.

The meeting will start at 9:30am.  Here is more information about the time, and comments:

Here is additional information, it may be more than you will ever want to know:


      NW OCTA Chapter Event

      Join the Northwest Chapter in a special event in La Grande: "Artifacts & Tales from the Trail". Click the link below for details and registration information.

      NW OCTA Chapter Leadership - 2018

      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 (18 - 20)
      • Vice President: Paul Massee (18 - 20)
      • Secretary: Polly Jackson (18 - 20)
      • Treasurer: Glenn Harrison (18 - 20)
      • Directors: Sallie Riehl (18 -20)
      • Directors: Ray Egan (17 - 19)
      • Directors: Lorna Waltz (16 - 18)

      NW OCTA Chapter Outings and Activities - 2018

      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.

      April 7, 2018 - Cedar Springs Sign Placement Outing (See attched file for details)

      May 5, 2018 - Northwest Chapter Event  "Oregon Trail: Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow," Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon

      July 21-22, 2018 - American Solar Challenge in Burns, Oregon

      July 22, 2018 - American Solar Challenge Finish in Bend, Oregon


      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.

              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

                  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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