Archive for the ‘Historical’ Category

Oregon Trail – Lander-cutoff, WY

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

I was heading through northwest Wyoming on my way to the Tetons today when I ran across a section of the Oregon Trail. This is the Lander-cutoff which saved about 5 day on the trail. You can still see the wagon ruts.

Bighorn Mountains: Medicine Wheel

Monday, September 19th, 2011

A bit further east is the Medicine Wheel.  It’s a Crow Indian sacred site.

Taliesin West

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I explored Phoenix today. I did the tour at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West facility this afternoon. It’s an architecture university and historical monument near Scottsdale.

Here’s the school and living quarters. Notice all the triangles.

Taylors Ferry; Old and New

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Went kayaking on the Tualatin River the other day from Cook Park to the 99W Bridge. Below you can see the remnants of Taylor’s Ferry.

Red Canyon

Monday, June 14th, 2010

I drove across central Wyoming today following the Oregon Trail. This view is just east of South Pass where the emigrants crossed the continental divide.

Fort Bridger was a busy place

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

I’m in SW Wyoming at Fort Bridger. It was built by Jim Bridger in 1843 and became a popular stop on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails.

Farewell Bend

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

This is Farewell Bend near Ontario in SE Oregon. The pioneers stopped here before tackling the Blue Mountains to the north on the way to Pendleton. The Snake River is running pretty high here.

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located near Baker City, Oregon on the actual Trail.

They’ve got Ruts!

On The Trail

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

I’m doing the Oregon Trail backwards. I started in Oregon City this morning and followed the Barlow Trail over Mt Hood.

Here’s a map of the Trail you can download.

This where the pioneers crossed the Deschutes River, east of The Dalles. Click to read the sign.