11 Facts About Barlow Road


Barlow Road is a historic road in what is the U S state of Oregon.

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Barlow Road begins at Wascopam Mission and heads south to Tygh Valley, then turns west and roughly parallels the White River on the north and then west, crosses the south shoulder of Mount Hood at Barlow Pass, follows Camp Creek and the Sandy River for some way, and finally leads to Oregon City.

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When Sam Barlow Road arrived at The Dalles late September 1845, as many as sixty families were waiting for river transport.

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Barlow Road forged on with a train of seven wagons, intending to return for river transport if the mountain passage proved impractical.

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Barlow Road was built with the financial backing of Philip Foster and a crew of forty men.

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East of the summit the Barlow Road has been in disuse for many years for a considerable distance down the eastern slope, especially where it traversed the canyon of White River.

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Construction of the Barlow Road contributed more towards the prosperity of the Willamette Valley and the future State of Oregon, than any other achievement prior to the building of the railways in 1870.

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In 1978, the entire Oregon Trail, including the Barlow Road, was named a National Historic Trail by the U S Congress.

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In 1992, the Barlow Road was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.

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Oregon Trail, Barlow Road Segment is a small segment of an alternate route, near Wemme, that was separately listed on the National Register in 1974.

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Barlow Road is intact as a dirt road in a roughly north–south stretch along Barlow Creek; other portions are pristine ruts up to six feet deep.

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