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End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

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End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

185 Reviews
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1726 Washington St, Oregon City, OR 97045-1058
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The first stop of the day will be at&#xa0;Willamette Falls. This&#xa0; is a horseshoe-shaped block waterfall caused by a basalt shelf in the river bottom. The 42-foot-high and 1,500-foot-wide falls occurs 26 river miles upstream from the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River. It’s the largest waterfall by water volume in the Northwest and the 18th largest by volume. Around the falls are the locks, which are the oldest continuously operating multi-lift lock and canal system in the United States.<br><br>Next we will make our way to Silver Falls State Park.&#xa0;&#xa0;This area was settled originally by the&#xa0;Kalapuyan Indians. They most likely used the area for hunting, as well as for spirit quests.&#xa0;A small town was established in the Silver Falls area, although it was abandoned by the time the park was created in 1933.<br><br>While you are here you will be able to hike part of the Trail of Ten Falls (approximately 3 miles, further if you are able) and some of the waterfalls you may see are:<br><br>South Falls-&#xa0;This&#xa0;is the highlight of Silver Falls State Park, and due to its proximity to the city of Salem, is likely one of the most popular waterfalls in Oregon outside of the Columbia River Gorge. The falls are produced where South Silver Creek plunges 177 feet over a huge overhanging basalt cliff with a large pool occupying the bottom of the amphitheater.<br><br>North Falls- The massive recess behind North Falls is especially unique and a favorite feature of visitors to the park. The undercut cliff extends back from the falls for at least 100 feet, and the ceiling runs anywhere from 20 to perhaps as much as 75 feet above the trail as it passes behind the falls. The huge size of the under cut chamber allows the roar of the falls to be amplified considerably, making the falls sound quite powerful.<br><br>Twin Falls- During the wet season North Silver Creek splits into two channels and spills down an angled basalt ledge, creating two veiling curtains.<br><br>Middle North Falls- This is a markedly amorphous waterfall which changes physical shape in a very dramatic way as the volume of water in North Silver Creek changes. The 106 foot tall falls take the form of a narrow column of water during the summer months, funneled to perhaps 5 feet wide at most by a narrow runnel in the bedrock.&#xa0;<br><br>Double Falls- Double Falls is the tallest waterfall in Silver Falls State Park – by a hair – and also the best of the handful of tributary waterfalls found along the Trail of Ten Falls.<br><br>Drake Falls- Rumbles over a broad sloping ledge of basalt set in the middle of a fairly deep, narrow constriction in the canyon of North Silver Creek.<br><br>Lower North Falls- &#xa0;North Silver Creek produces the falls as it rumbles down a 30-foot tall dome-shaped protrusion of basalt and forms a large pool at its base. The domed shape of the falls inspired the nickname “The Thunderdome” among the whitewater kayaking community.&#xa0;<br><br>At the end of the day we will drop you at your downtown Portland hotel.&#xa0;
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Anne C wrote a review Mar 2020
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Our 3 children ages 5 to 13 and their Grandparents,plus our High School exchange student from Korea enjoyed themselves immensely. The pacing of the Overland Tour was well suited to our group. The guide was well informed and at ease with the age and receptiveness levels of the
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Susan T wrote a review Nov 2019
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I won't go again. Native American craft was for children. I had even called and the person said that there was something for everyone. There wasn't.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Bethany N, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Responded Nov 13, 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience. The Native American crafts are a new program, so we definitely appreciate your feedback. The day you visited was a holiday for schools in this area, so there were more children than usual, and that changed the atmosphere we had intended to create at the event. We will keep your review forefront in our minds as we continue to make adjustments moving forward.
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jolen6 wrote a review Nov 2019
Central Oregon, Oregon197 contributions50 helpful votes
This is one of the best interpretive centers I have ever seen. As a former education director for a natural history museum I know how important hands-on learning is in engaging your audience. This center does an incredible job of bring this part of American history alive!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Bethany N, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Responded Nov 13, 2019
Thank you for your review! We're glad your expert opinion appreciated the hands-on aspects, and we hope you'll come again soon!
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Yvonne G wrote a review Oct 2019
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The museum provides a great look at this part of history by various hands-on activities, dress up, short movies, games, and reading of posted facts at displays. All age groups were able to enjoy the experience.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Bethany N, General Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Responded Oct 17, 2019
Thank you for this review! We're glad to hear you found the interpretive center enjoyable for everyone and hope you come back again sometime.
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bLiselotte wrote a review Sep 2019
Palatine, Illinois599 contributions163 helpful votes
Trying to avoid the rain, I went to learn about the Oregon Trail. This was set up with a room about what people needed to have for the trip. This moved to tales from the trail, ending in getting established in Oregon. There were so many activities for children to keep them
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Response from Bethany N, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Responded Sep 25, 2019
Thank you for writing this review. We're glad you found us for a rainy day activity. If you are interested in learning more, we are developing some new offerings that will give more details: interpreters will give history talks on a variety of topics twice daily starting next month.
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