The modern highway between Independence, MO and Oregon City, OR roughly follows the
route of the Oregon Trail
We have been roughly following the route of the Oregon Trail. David has a major in History and an almost obsessive interest in all things historical. The U.S is a history buff 's dream. The country is littered with the confetti of history - Museums, Interpretive Centres, roadside Historical Markers, National Historic Parks and much more. I was dragged to them all. I'm not interested in facts, dates or pretty much anything to do with WWI or WWII but the Oregon Trail history is about people; their resilience, fortitude and persistence in the face of sometimes overwhelming odds. It's hard not to be fascinated.
|Diorama at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Centre|
In Baker City, Oregon we spent a rainy few hours at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Centre, where through films, dioramas and interpretive boards we followed the pioneers step by step on their journeys. If you are ever in that part of the US, I can highly recommend it.
|Modern day Portland, Oregon - If only the pioneers could see it now.|
Much of the Oregon Trail follows the routes of today's Interstate Highways. Spending time at the Interpretive Centre put into context the countryside we travelled through. It was one thing to admire the fast flowing current of the Snake River, another to imagine the courage of early settlers, who for the most part couldn't swim, plunging their animals and wagons into the water and praying they would make it alive to the other side. Not all did. From Portland we admired the views of Mt Hood, (not unlike Osorno for the twitter traders who followed our recent trip to Sth America). The pioneers saw its vista as the gateway to the end of their journey. It is hard to imagine how they must have felt.
In Portland, Oregon where the Willamette Valley marks the end of the Oregon Trail the countryside is lush, green and with an abundance of water which Australians can only dream about. I understand why the pioneers came.
|The Willamette River, Portland.|
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30 June 2013