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  1. Well, well, well.....it appears plans are coming together! Looks like we will be headed east around the 16th or 17th of September. Much more to come as we plan.....if wny of you have suggestions as what "must be seen" along US 30/The Lincoln Hwy between OR and IL, please speak up!
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    My Oregon Trail Odyssey

    Thanks for the comments! This was a great adventure for us that we both have good memories of. Sadly, Johnathon is not on a good path and I fear he is going to have some real life issues. As far as books go, I have read and studied a few, but the two real standouts for me were both written by Gregory Franzwa. "Maps of the Oregon Trail," and "The Oregon Trail Revisited," go hand in hand and they are my go to books for OT information
  3. So for anyone around curious about the OT, I dug up my old unfinished thread from 10 years ago. Hard to believe it has been that long. https://www.americanroadmagazine.com/forum/topic/868-my-oregon-trail-odyssey/?tab=comments#comment-18805 And......some other info: Ezra Meeker traveled with his family to OR as a boy in 1852. Later in his life, he became convinced that people were forgetting the effort and sacrifices of the settlers who went west on the OT. He made several trips back to WA DC, including one on which he flew in an airplane, to promote the preservation and memory of the Trail. He also marked the Trail with markers, some of which exist today. This one is located right along the side of old Rt 30 at Emigrant Springs State Park. It is just off the pavement in the ditch between the Park Entrance and campground. This one is located on "B" Ave. in La Grande on the west side of town in the bushes in someone's front yard. "B" Ave runs right on top of the actual Trail. There is another in plain view in Hunnington, but I do not have a picture of it. It is located in plain sight on the main street, but when looking for it, I could not find it. One day, I was driving through town, and there it was. When I was looking, I could not see it......whodathunk? Here is a link to that great bastion of interweb knowledge, Wikipedia, for more of the story of Ezra Meeker: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Meeker Dave, that's quite a story about the swamp!
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    My Oregon Trail Odyssey

    Bumping this old thread back up for those who did not see it and might have some interest due to the other thread......
  5. Today, I took the time to take a short ride that has been on my mind for several years....I left I84 and followed the old US 30 alignment through the Blue Mtns of NE Oregon. I'd driven some parts, but never fron Exit 248 to Mission. After leaving the slab, I traversed the remaining 2 lane sections of Hwy 30 and passed through the forrests of the Blues, the old "towns" of Kamela and Meacham, past the Meeker Marker at Emigrant Springs State Park, andstopped at the scenic overlook between Deadman Pass and Meacham. It was terribly smokey and hazy today, so I did not spend much time there nor did I take any pictures. I continued westward through the Deadman Pass interchande to follow the hwy and noticed someting interesting... Just west of the westbound rest area is a set of OT swailes or ruts. They have been visible if you knew where to look, but tough to see if you did not. It appears they have done some logging there and have cleaned out a lot of undergrowth. I did notstop tol look, but they should be much easier to see now! I just hope they did not destroy them in the process. I will stop there later this week if I have time. Continuing on, I passed from the forested area into the much drier area west of Deadman Pass. The old highway here runs quite a bit east of the slab and this is the part I had never been on... What a treat it is! The road takes a much more meandering route down the hill with some great opportunities for pulling off the highway and some much different vistas than those from the slab. This road is a "hidden gem" for those seeking a more laid back route through the Blues. I really enjoyed this little trip and believe it will inspire me to take more of these little day trips in this area.
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    CA 190 and the Jedi Transition

    I spend some time in Pahrump, so one of these times I'll extend my trip and detour through Death Valley.
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    CA 190 and the Jedi Transition

    Outstanding images! Death Valley is on my list of "must visit" places!
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    Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

    Great images! One of my favorite places on God's green earth!
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    Near Death Experience At Palouse Falls, Wa

    Dave, great pics of the falls. You captured that magic moment when the light was golden.
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    Old Oregon Trail Highway

    Dave, I was through Hunnington last weekend and I "discovered" the Meeker Marker that I could not find last year. If you are traveling west through town, there is a small public triangle of park land on the left as the road bends to the north and heads out of town. The Meeker Marker is located in that small triangle. Franzwa states it is located in a "public" park in Hunnington and if you search the main park across from the restaurant like I did, you will never find it! FWIW........
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    Old Oregon Trail Highway In 1921

    Ot, but related to the brake discussion: http://www.motorera.com/history/hist07.htm Some of the info is not quite correct, but generally a good read.
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    Old Oregon Trail Highway In 1921

    Hey Dave, it has been a while. As far as brakes went......Henry didn't put hydraulics on Fords until '38......I think. I know the 36s did not have them and the 38s did. Not too sure about 37 but if I was bettin' I would say not until '38. Chevys had them much earlier. Seems kind of chancy today producing a car with a V8 that would go 100 mph and equipping it with mechanical brakes! Must not have been much product liability issues in those days!
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    Save The Delta Queen

    Uhhhhhhhh, why yes!
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    Save The Delta Queen

    C'mon Dave, cut loose!
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    Save The Delta Queen

    This is a quote taken from countryroadsmagazine.com........... "In 1966, Congress passed the Safety of Life at Sea Act, which forbade wooden ships from carrying more than fifty overnight passengers for reasons of fire safety. The Delta Queen, which has a steel hull but a wooden superstructure, can hold 174 passengers. SOLAS was intended to prevent tragedies at sea, but, because of the language, unintentionally applied to inland riverboats like the Delta Queen, too. Consequently, Congress voted six times over the next forty-plus years to excuse the Delta Queen from meeting all of the SOLAS requirements. But that Congressional cooperation ran aground last year. Rep. James L. Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, refused to let the exemption—which is due to expire later this year—come up for a vote. Oberstar cited safety concerns. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, has also opposed the exemption. Without an exemption, the boat is doomed to be docked. The Delta Queen’s parent company, Majestic America Line, has announced that 2008 will be the grand old lady’s farewell tour. .....Some supporters say the Delta Queen’s real problem is politics—not safety. In 2006, the Delta Queen was sold to a new owner, Majestic America Line, which replaced the boat’s union crew with a non-union one. According to The New York Times, lawyers for the cruise line have suggested the jilted Seafarers International Union influenced the congressman’s decision. But Rep. Oberstar has maintained that passenger safety, not union pressure, is his only motivation for blocking the Delta Queen’s exemption. “To say that I would negotiate a deal to put peoples’ lives at risk in return for a contract for a union is not only unethical, it’s immoral,” he told the Times. The seafarer’s union also issued a statement denying any influence and blasting “the continued smearing of our names, along with those of Senator Inouye and Congressman Oberstar.” Makes for some interesting questions.......