Kansas City Metro Area Conceptual Strategy for Development of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California National Historic Trails

The National Park Service – National Trails Intermountain Region worked with MARC, local governments, and local trails organizations to develop a strategy concept plan for retracing the three historic trails — the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails — through Read More …

Cheryl & Gil Hoffman

Leaving a Legacy for the Trails Cheryl and Gil Hoffman of Richland, Washington, are Life Members of OCTA, and partners in OCTA’s Trails Legacy Society through a Living Trust bequest they established to benefit OCTA in perpetuity. “‘You’re a fifth-generation Read More …

Hop King: Ezra Meeker’s Boom Years, by Dennis M. Larsen

Oregon Trail pioneer Ezra Meeker recognized business opportunities and was willing to take risks. He settled in the Puyallup Valley and planted his first hops, eventually traveling to New York and London to open new markets. In 1882, following widespread crop failure elsewhere, desperate brewers offered Pacific coast growers astronomical prices, and the “hop king’s” firm became the largest exporter in the country. As an outstanding entrepreneur on a local and global scale and through his involvement in regional issues such as women’s suffrage and Chinese expulsion, Meeker helped transform the landscape, economics, and politics of his Puget Sound home.

A Guide to the Nobles Trail, by Trails West, Inc., edited by Richard K. Brock and researched by Robert S. Black

New and expanded First Edition includes a host of improvements with revised historical introductions, plate inscriptions, new and updated driving instructions, new and revised Trail Descriptions, additional Overland Narratives, and Supplemental Maps. New features are numerous photographs of the trail, 13 Section Maps showing the trail routes and sites, brief historical Commentaries and Tales, and hiking opportunities at four trail locations.

California Trail: The Story Behind the Scenery, by Charles H. Dodd

Follow the gold seekers as they rush to California, the land of new opportunities. Share their trials as they cross such inhospitable barriers as the 40 Mile Desert, experience their joy as they get closer to their dream. Fantastic photographs accompany the text.

Where did the Oregon Trail Go?

Where did the Oregon Trail really go? The answer is not simple, as there was no single route, just a destination: Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Across the street from Barton Store in Clackamas County is a triangular sign bearing the National Read More …

Gold! Gold from the American River!

James Marshall, an emigrant from New Jersey by way of Oregon, was overseeing the construction of a sawmill. On January 24th, 1848, Marshall was inspecting a ditch when he noticed flecks of gold in the mud. The year 1848 started Read More …

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An American legacy is at risk. The historic trails trod by half a million pioneers, gold rushers, adventurers, families—people in pursuit of a better life in the West—are under constant threat from development, including energy-related projects. Many miles of wagon Read More …

Virtual Trail

Have you have ever thought about throwing all of your possessions into the back of your car and heading out for parts unknown? Each spring for 30 years emigrants gathered at points along the great Missouri water line dividing the Read More …