Philip Foster, one of Oregon’s earliest pioneers, was a leader in the establishment of Oregon. His farm and home in Eagle Creek played an important part in the history of the Barlow Road, which followed the south side of Mt. Hood as an alternative to the treacherous Columbia River route. Either option held great danger: navigate the river’s swift currents and rapids, or risk the steep slopes and early winter snows in the mountains. Foster helped fund, build and operate the Barlow Road at various times between 1848 and 1865, guiding thousands of covered wagons into the Willamette Valley.
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What’s new around the Philip Foster Farm? The flower gardens are looking gorgeous, thanks to the weeding efforts of volunteer Stephanie Cibula, the planting efforts of (blacksmith) Sam Morse, and the tireless work of the Northwest Rose Historians, including JZH board member Gerri Morse. Please visit their website to see what they are planning for [...]
Sixty to eighty kids a day will be exploring the farm this spring, from April 3rd to June 14th. Come join us to learn (or teach) about pioneer life on the Oregon Trail!
A seasonal calendar is a beautiful thing! Not only are there exciting seasons of activity, but there are these equally exciting times of working behind the scenes to plan and prepare. Writing grants, collaborating with local, regional, and national organizations, planning advertising campaigns, and sharing our ideas for 2013 with board members, staff, volunteers, community [...]