Oregon Trail History

Jim Akenson, Friends of Ladd Marsh historian, has compiled a summary of the history of the Oregon Trail segment traversing the southern Grande Ronde Valley.  The following links provide detailed information, with historical photographs and pioneer quotes, that bring this era from the past alive for modern Ladd Marsh visitors.  We invite you to enter the past through this narrative.  Jim can be available for public presentations and field trips upon request.  To inquire about a presentation, please contact the Friends of Ladd Marsh.

Introduction, photos and pioneer quotes
Slide Show
Maps, both contemporary and historical