Step into your Oregon ancestors' shoes at these living history sites and museums.
? Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058
Exhibits for all ages focus on the natural and cultural history of the stunning Columbia River Gorge, which forms Oregon's northern border. The Web site features a digital archive of 2,000 historical photos.
? End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
1726 Washington St.
Oregon City, OR 97045
Experience life on the Oregon Trail through multimedia exhibits and living history interpreters housed inside three prairie schooner-shaped buildings situated at the trail's terminus. Don't miss the Web site's library of trail information, timelines, migrant diaries and African-American pioneer history.
? Fort Clatsop National Memorial
92343 Fort Clatsop Road
Astoria, OR 97103
Today, the Pacific Coast camp where the Corps of Discovery spent the rainy winter of 1805-1806 features replicas of the explorers' fort and seawater-boiling site, plus a visitor center and a new fort-to-sea hiking trail.
? Four Rivers Cultural Center
676 SW Fifth Ave.
Ontario, OR 97914
This museum at Oregon's eastern edge explores some of the varied ancestries — American Indian, Basque, European, Hispanic and Japanese — that Oregonians share.
59800 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702
Exhibits of artifacts, photographs and animal habitats highlight central Oregon's history, culture and wildlife.
Jacksonville, OR 97530
Jacksonville boomed in 1851 with the discovery of gold, but the glitter faded after 1884, when the railroad skirted the town. Now a National Historic Landmark, its museums, art galleries and restored buildings charm visitors.
? Historic Mission Mill Museum
1313 Mill St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
Step into early Salem and explore the 1898 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, historic buildings such as an 1841 Methodist parsonage, a pioneer herb garden and footpaths along a mill stream.
? Oregon Historical Society Museum
1200 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
Artifacts as diverse as a 9,000-year-old sagebrush sandal and a downtown Portland lunch counter tell the Beaver State's story from its earliest American Indian settlements to today. The society library is just upstairs.
? Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
72789 Highway 331
Pendleton, OR 97801
Take a rare opportunity to learn about the Oregon Trail from the indigenous perspective — in the words of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes.
? Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Oregon
? Oregon Tourism Commission