Historic Hood River
Planting a Marker
An important component of Meeker’s journey was identifying signs of the old trail route and planting markers. On this card he wrote:
These two realistic views graphically record the work of recovering the “Lost Trail,” and preserving its identity, better than volumes of written testimony; 1906.
I first saw an Oregon Trail marker at the Emigrant Springs State Park off I-84 near Powder. Seeing physical signs left by ox drawn carts carrying heavy loads across the continent really helped me appreciate the nature of the journey. I followed it with a visit to the Oregon Trail Museum near Baker City. Meeker planted a monument in the Dalles, though I confess I’ve never seen it. Is it still there?