Oregon Historic Sites

By Diane Haddad Premium

? Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 296-8600
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
(503) 657-9336
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
(503) 861-2471
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
(541) 889-8191
This museum at Oregon’s eastern edge explores some of the varied ancestries — American Indian, Basque, European, Hispanic and Japanese — that Oregonians share.
? High Desert Museum

59800 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 382-4754
Exhibits of artifacts, photographs and animal habitats highlight central Oregon’s history, culture and wildlife.
? Historic Jacksonville

Box 33
Jacksonville, OR 97530
(541) 899-8118
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
(503) 585-7012
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
(503) 222-1741
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
(541) 966-9748
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.

Visitor Information

? Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Oregon
Box 10004 Portland, OR 97296 (503) 768-7444 <>
? Oregon Tourism Commission

775 Summer St. NE Salem, OR 97303 (800) 547-7842 <>


From the February 2005 Family Tree Magazine