Powder River Valley by auntietk ()
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Looking across the Powder River Valley from Flagstaff Hill to the Blue Mountains. Baker City, Oregon.
Flagstaff Hill is the site of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center outside Baker City. We stopped by the roadside at a historical marker where we were able to walk down into that scrubland you see in the foreground and actually walk along the Oregon Trail.
It was compelling. I found myself wanting to continue walking ...
I've seen the trail ruts at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the emigrants crossed the Missouri River on a ferry and then climbed the hill to begin their journey west. Seeing the trail in eastern Oregon was quite an experience!
If you have any interest at all in the Oregon Trail, there's a book by Keith Heyer Meldahl called Hard Road West ... he's a geology professor and a "rut nut," and he follows the Trail from the Missouri River to the gold fields of California. The focus of the book is how geology shaped the Oregon Trail and determined the experiences of the emigrants. Fascinating reading, if you like that sort of thing! I ate it up with a spoon. Excellent book!