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Back in Time Where the Oregon Trail Ended
By Tom Adkinson

EAGLE CREEK, Ore. – Wagon wheels at the Philip Foster Farm conjure up images of the Oregon Trail, which marks its 175th anniversary this year.

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Oregon Trail wagon wheels. Image by Tom Adkinson.

The farm, just south of Portland, was very near the end of emigrants’ arduous journey of more than 2,000 miles from Missouri. The Foster farm provided respite as the travelers approached their goal and the free land that awaited them. The farm today offers you glimpses into pioneer life and opportunities to cut a log with a crosscut saw, watch a blacksmith at work and admire a vegetable garden. The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is in Oregon City about 15 miles away, and that facility provides an expansive look at the westward migration of almost 500,000 people.

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Published February 8, 2018

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