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

Emigrant's Final Steps

The Barlow Road

— Oregon Trail Mile 1891 —

Emigrant's Final Steps Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
1. Emigrant's Final Steps Marker
Inscription.   In the shadow of the tall trees, a stream of travelers crossed ash flows, talus slopes and boggy wetlands along this last stretch of the trail. Some emigrants were forced to abandon their wagons with the death of livestock and walk, carrying their remaining belongings.

By 1847, the Barlow Road followed the south bank of the Sandy River through the present day Wildwood Recreation Area. Directly down the trail from this point lay the first crossing of the Sandy River with its swift waters and slippery rocks and then the steep ascent of the ledge known as Devil's Backbone. Oregon City was still an average of five days away.

Tuesday -- Came on down into a little glade, where we found some grass and camped for dinner. Here we found the red and white clover, dandelions, strawberries all growing. Came on after dinner over a very good road most of the way. Traveled on about 5 miles and found good grass and a place to camp. We concluded to stop here tonight. We are camped tonight in a little glade with the prettiest trees all around us. As it looks like rain, we pitched our tent and have the bottom carpeted with fir
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brought to sleep on. We have not seen much game in crossing the mountains but begin to see more as we get lower down. ... -- Frank Stevens, July 5, 1881

Came 19 miles today and crossed Sandy river once and have camp by it about dark fed the stock flour, and cut down alder for them to browse on, nothing else for them, poor things, kept them yoked and tied all night. -- Amelia Stewart Knight, September 10, 1853

Our mare appeared much better this morning and we started again on our way going very slowly. Mr. H insisted on my riding one of the mules, which I did and found it much better than walking, but we soon found out that she could not go as she appeared to fail at every step and finally lay down on the roadside. I cannot describe my feelings at this time. This noble animal that has been so much service to us and worth so much to us if we got her through, laid down to die. I burst into a flood of tears. It seemed that trouble and trials came thick and fast upon us, and at a time when we could less bear it. -- Esther Belle Hannah ( 18 years) September 15, 1852

Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsRailroads & Streetcars
Emigrant's Final Steps Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
2. Emigrant's Final Steps Marker
Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 15, 1852.
Location. 45° 21.348′ N, 121° 59.19′ W. Marker is in Welches, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker is at the intersection of Mt. Hood Highway (U.S. 26) and Main Park Road, on the left when traveling west on Mt. Hood Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 65670 US 26 Mt Hood Highway, Welches OR 97067, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Oregon Trail (approx. 4.1 miles away); Laurel Hill (approx. 9˝ miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is located at the entrance to the Wildwood Recreation Area.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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