175 YEARS OF PIONEERS

As the ending point of the Oregon Trail, the Oregon City community is marking this historic year with celebrations and unique activities commemorating the dreamers, risk-takers and those who gambled everything for a new life.

Scroll, swipe, and click around to find out more about our Grand Celebration, local events, and read and share stories all connected to our wonderful community.

HOW WE’RE CELEBRATING

AUGUST 24th

CELEBRATION

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1844

The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is the place to be with fun for the whole family. We’ll be celebrating ALL DAY with a host of food trucks serving the best the PNW has to offer, local beer and wine, live music, heritage exhibits and demos, family friendly interactive games, learning stations, and we’ll be closing out the night with a concert from The Brothers Comatose and even a real-deal laser show.

Mark your calendars, this party only happens every 175 years.

Saturday August 24th, 10am – 9:15pm
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center
1726 Washington St. Oregon City, OR 97045

Schedule of Events

Available all day:

Visitor Center

  • Visitor information and gift shop

Wagon 1 – “Beginning the Journey” Exhibits

  • Spinning demonstration by historically-clothed spinners
  • Packing the wagon activity
  • Rag doll and journal making craft station

Abernethy Green

  • Cascadians living history encampment
  • Heritage Garden tour by Master Gardeners
  • Curtis Heritage Education Center Wagons
  • Oregon Trail Experience interpretive trail

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM @ Wagon 3: Heartstings musical duo

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM @ Wagon 2 Theater: “Beneath it All: Did She Really Wear That on the Trail” by Marge Harding

12:00 PM – 1:00Pm Visitor Center: “My Music Man” author talk by Dede Montgomery

1:00 PM & 2:30 PM @ Main Stage: Bag Pipe Performance

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM @ Wagon 2 Theater: Interactive History Talk: “Tales and Tunes of the Oregon Trail” by Karen Haas

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM @ Wagon 2 Theater: Dr. John McLoughlin living history talk: “Why the Willamette” by Doug Neeley

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM @ Main Stage: Pioneer dancers with Alene Hochstetter

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM @ Wagon 2 Theater: “Ghost Stories of Oregon City” by Northwest Ghost Tour’s Rocky Smith

6:30 PM @ Main Stage: Announcements

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Main Stage: The Brothers Comatose concert

~9:15 PM @ Main Stage: Laser Show Grand Finale

COMMUNITY

STORIES

SHARE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR CITY

Oregon City is a city of firsts. From the first Capital of the Oregon Territory to the first Hotel west of the Rocky Mountains, this city is full of incredible stories. Share in our celebration of this historic past by reading stories of where we’ve come from.

What makes Oregon City special for you? We want to hear your story! We’ll be sharing some of our favorites stories from the community throughout the year. Click the button below to share yours.

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COMMUNITY

STORIES

SHARE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR CITY

Oregon City is a city of firsts. From the first Capital of the Oregon Territory to the first Hotel west of the Rocky Mountains, this city is full of incredible stories. Share in our celebration of this historic past by reading stories of where we’ve come from.

What makes Oregon City special for you? We want to hear your story! We’ll be sharing some of our favorites stories from the community throughout the year. Click the button below to share yours.

Submit Your Story
Read More Stories
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