B Street; La Grande
This is the Oregon Trail. Paved over, now, of course.
After the tricky climb down Ladd Hill, the emigrants camped in the Grande
Ronde valley before tackling the next hill. In 1845 Joel Palmer
OCTA AT WORK
High atop Table Mountain just above La Grande, Jim Renner, executive director of the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council (OTCC), drives a stake for a trail marking sign. this work was done in June of 1997. More pictures of this trek on our trailmarking page.
"Oct 7 ascended a mountain a mile and a half long covered with pine and grass when we came to the top we found a pretty open place level and a good soil covered with grass rolled 5 miles over level land decended the mountain which was steep and difficult the men having to stiddy the waggons down while we women carried and led our children camped on a branch of grand round river here the men made tar out of the pine here we are surrounded with mountains covered with tall pines (Elizabeth Dixon Smith, 1847)
The modern traveler should stop at Birnie Park in La Grande, right next to B Street. He should also follow B Street to Walnut, at the base of the hill. Here he will find a stone marker paced in 1906 by Ezra Meeker, early champion of trail preservaion.
Also plan to stop at Hilgard State Park, which was the campground mentioned above. There are more interpretive panels there.
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