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In 1995 and 1996, a host of festivals celebrated the sesquicentennial of an integral section of the Oregon Trail, the Barlow Road. Samuel Barlow, an enterprising adventurer, blazed his own trail around Mount Hood to the Willamette Valley. Until he opened this toll road, the pioneers could only reach the valley via rented log rafts on the Columbia River at Lewis and Clark Portage.

Barlow offered an alternative to the perils of these primitive rafts; however, the route wasn't without its own dangers. The mountain's unpredictable weather was always a risk and at some point along the trail, wagons had to be lowered by ropes down steep chutes.

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