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By Barry Swackhamer, June 29, 2017
Imbler Church and Marker
Oregon (Union County), Imbler — Imbler ChurchPioneer Church
Christmas programs, wood-warmed Sunday School lessons, and a tolling bell calling the faithful are all part of the legacy of this pioneer church building. The Imbler Church was built in 1878. The little building was originally located two . . . — Map (db m111371) HM
Oregon (Union County), La Grande — A Native American Trail
Native peoples crossed the Blue Mountains long before the first explores and fur trappers. In 1834, John Kirk Townsend found the Cayuse and Nez Perce, very friendly towards us, each of the chiefs taking us by the hand with great . . . — Map (db m111490) HM
Oregon (Union County), La Grande — Historic La GrandeOregon History
La Grande was the first town permanently settled in Northeastern Oregon. Daniel Chaplin laid out the original "Old Town" in spring of 1862 and Ben Brown built the first house, a log cabin, alongside the Oregon Trail at the corner of B Avenue and . . . — Map (db m111438) HM
Oregon (Union County), Le Grande — "Wagons East " 1975-1976
The Bicentennial wagon train passed here July 1975 on their 3,000 mile trek to retrace the pioneer wagon trails that settled the West. In Commemoration of the Nation's 200th birthday, the wagon train started at the U.S. Canadian Peace Arch, Blaine, . . . — Map (db m111450) HM
Oregon (Union County), Le Grande — A Beautiful Rough Road
"Commenced the ascent of the Blue Mountains It is a lovely morning, and all hands seem to be delighted with the prospect, of being so near timber again, after weary months of travel, on the dry dusty sage plants, with nothing to receive the eye; . . . — Map (db m111491) HM
Oregon (Union County), Le Grande — Conde B. McCullough and Upper Perry Arch Bridge
Arriving in Oregon in 1916 with new innovative ideas on how bridges should be built to support the creation of a well-planned highway system, Conde B. McCullough became Oregon's State Bridge Engineer in 1919. Pleasing Lines . . . — Map (db m111442) HM
Oregon (Union County), Le Grande — Highway US30 and Perry, Oregon
Lumber was vital to early settlers of the Grande Ronde Valley. In 1890, Smith and Stanley built a large mill in the small town of Perry, Oregon. Operating the first bandsaw in Union County, the large mill at Perry was producing about 20,000,000 . . . — Map (db m111440) HM
Oregon (Union County), Le Grande — Hilgard Junction Oregon Trail Kiosk
(Six panels dealing with the Blue Mountian portion of the Oregon Trail are found beneath this kiosk) The Blue Mountains Oregon Trail emigrants crossed the Rocky Mountains through South Pass in Wyoming. The ascent and . . . — Map (db m111466) HM
Oregon (Union County), Le Grande — On This Ridge...
"... we traveled on for the Blue Mountains cutting our way through the fallen timber... We found it very laborious ... with our dull axes that we had not ground since we left Missouri having no grinding stone to grind them & our hands being very . . . — Map (db m111494) HM
Oregon (Union County), Le Grande — Parade of Survivors
On August 15, 1853 Henry Allyn wrote the following about his second day in the Blue Mountains: "Elizabeth and father still quite unwell ... We noon on the mountain and take our mules down into a doleful cavern and found a little grass and water, . . . — Map (db m111492) HM
Oregon (Union County), Le Grande — Wagon Wheels to Automobiles
During the mid-1800s, thousands of American emigrants labored along this ridge. Since then, stage coach, train and automobile roads have paralleled the Oregon Trail over these mountains. Only traces of the original road remain, yet the ideals of . . . — Map (db m111496) HM
Oregon (Union County), North Powder — Marie DorionWoman of Courage
Madame Marie Dorion, a Native American of the Sioux Nation, gained recognition for her endurance and courage in the early American West. As the only woman on the long and difficult Wilson Price Hunt expedition from Montreal to the wild Oregon . . . — Map (db m111338) HM

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