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Near Rhododendron in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Laurel Hill

Historic Oregon Trail.

 
 
Laurel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
1. Laurel Hill Marker
Inscription. The pioneer road here detoured the Columbia River rapids and Mount Hood to the Willamette Valley. The road at first followed an old Indian trail. The later name was Barlow Road. Travel was difficult. Wagons were snubbed to trees by ropes on held back by drags of cut trees. Early travelers named the hill from the resemblance of native leaves to Laurel.
 
Erected by Oregon Department of Transportation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 45° 18.677′ N, 121° 48.074′ W. Marker is near Rhododendron, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker is on Mt. Hood Highway (U.S. 26), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rhododendron OR 97049, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Government Camp (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Government Camp (approx. 2.4 miles away); Samuel Kimbrough Barlow (approx. 2.4 miles away); "Sumate Prairie" (approx. 3.6 miles away); Timberline Lodge (approx. 4.6 miles
Laurel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
2. Laurel Hill Marker
away); A Final Rest (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Oregon Trail (approx. 5 miles away); "Disparite Bad Beyond Discription" (approx. 6 miles away).
 
Regarding Laurel Hill. A trail behind the marker leads to a section of the old Barlow Road.
 
Also see . . .
1. "The Barlow Road ... Descending Laurel Hill" -- Follow the Barlow Road. At Laurel Hill the early Barlow Road went from the summit of Laurel Hill at 3,600 feet elevation, descending nearly 2,000 feet to the base of Laurel Hill. At least five identifiable "chutes" are present on the side of the trecherous slope. Many Oregon Trail travelers considered descending this hill the worst part of their journey west. (Submitted on January 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Oregon Travel Experience - Laurel Hill. (Submitted on February 2, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
The Old Barlow Road image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
3. The Old Barlow Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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