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Stop 10 Along the Oregon Trail - Oregon City

This page describes the experience of being at The Dalles (pronounced 'the dailes') on the Oregon Trail.
Oregon City, Oregon

Oregon City

The Willamette Valley

Oregon City was the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains. It was established in 1829 by Dr. John McLoughlin. His goal was to take advantage of the potential hydroelectric power from the falls of the Willamette River to build a lumber mill. In the 1840’s, the city was the final destination for travelers along the Oregon Traill. Once they reached Oregon City, they could file land claims promised by the U.S. Government. From 1848 to 1851, Oregon City was the capital of Oregon Territory. Today, Oregon City is a fascinating place with several museums dedicated to its rich history, including the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, which features presentations, films, and interactive exhibits on a variety of trail related topics.

You made it to the Willamette Valley

Oregon Trail Map

Oregon Trail Stops

Platte River
Great Plains
Chimney Rock
Fort Laramie
Soda Springs
Rocky Mountains
Fort Boise
The Dalles
Oregon City


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