#69: End of the Oregon Trail Center

This is part of our 100 Things in 2014 challenge. Here’s the full list.

Tucked down in Oregon City, near the place where Oregon became a state, is the spot that marked the end of the Oregon Trail. Well, there’s a museum there now, and we’ve never been. Oh, and Becky grew up about a quarter mile from here, so her parents (who still live in Oregon City) came out to join us! Inside, there are lots of games and activities. These are themed after what would have been available to the pioneers and travelers on the trail. The first part of the tour is about what the travelers left behind. There’s a general store, a school, a living room… all the comforts of a Missouri lifestyle in the mid-1800s. Will made sure to try out all of the games and toys. Another room shows what the same kinds of things looked like at the end of the trail. Much more primitive and basic. Finally, Lucy and Becky discovered the extensive collection of period costumes. This was an opportunity too good to pass up.

This is a fun excursion, and many lifelong Portlanders don’t even know it’s there. Do yourself a favor and make the drive, it’s only about 20 minutes away!

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