About Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area
Take time to revel in the past. Let breezes of spruce and fir tug your mind deep into the serenity of old growth as you ponder this historical pioneer stop along the Old Oregon Trail. Emigrant Springs Heritage Area, near the summit of the wondrous Blue Mountains, offers explorers the opportunity to lose themselves in deep wilderness and history enthusiasts the chance to experience the Oregon Trail Interpretive Park, the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, the Pendleton underground tour, the Union County Museum and the Baker County Museum.
Campgrounds in Emigrant Springs
Year-round outdoor appreciation can be had at Emigrant Springs campground (including a cabin option!). High in the Blue Mountains where the Old...
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History of Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area
Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area was acquired from private owners between 1925 and 1970. Extensive day-use developments were made in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps. In the early 1950's, overnight camp facilities were added. In January 1812, trappers and traders of the Astor overland expedition, under the leadership of Wilson Price Hunt, crossed the Blue Mountains in this vicinity, thus establishing the route later used by Oregon Trail emigrants. In the 1880's, the trail was replaced by the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company (now Union Pacific) railroad, which reaches the mountain summit of Meacham a few miles to the south of the park. During the construction of I-84 in the 1950's, one could still find artifacts on the Oregon Trail in the gulch south of the park.