Historic Hood River
Old Oregon Trail Monument Expedition
We’re going to start the year with a trip back to 1906-07. That is when Ezra Meeker decided to embark on a cross-country journey revisiting locales he first saw roughly 50 years earlier when he was a young man. In 1906 he mounted the Old Oregon Trail Monument Expedition with the goal of identifying and marking remaining sections of the Oregon Trail. Just shy of age 77 he loaded up the ox cart to follow his footsteps eastward to the beginning of the trail, in Missouri, and then beyond, trying to raise funds to put up markers to preserve the memory of the trail and the role it played in history.
Meeker’s own story is an interesting one. He crossed the plains in 1852, made a fortune selling hops to beer makers, lost his fortune to aphids, and found fame with a new passion evangelizing the Oregon Trail story. We’ll spend the week learning all about it from sets of postcards he sold to finance the expedition.