BAKER CITY, OREGON__Join a living history encampment of re-enactors sharing the sights and sounds of an Oregon Trail Wagon Train, September 1st and 2nd at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City.
The Wagon Encampment will be active 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., populated by a variety of pioneers recreating a “nooning” lunchtime break on the Oregon Trail in eastern Oregon. Dutch Oven cooking, blacksmithing demonstrations, pioneer crafts such as leather work, wheelwright, sewing, mending, children’s games, and journaling are included. All this takes place at an outdoor circle of wagons, with the scenery and route of the historic trail as the dramatic backdrop.
Cooks will be using pioneer recipes and ingredients grown locally. On Sunday there will be live music by The Carters.
Visitors can view the permanent exhibits to learn more about the Oregon Trail migration, which had its first major wagon train 175 years ago, in 1843.
Also inside the Center, “The Wild is Calling,” a special exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, features artwork by regional artists.
The Interpretive Center will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 1, and 9 to 6 on Sunday and Monday and throughout the rest of September.
The Bureau of Land Management National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located five miles east of Baker City, Ore., on Highway 86. Admission for adults is $8 and $4.50 for seniors; children 15 and under are admitted for free. Federal passes are also accepted. Call (541) 523-1843 for updates on programs and events or visit oregontrail.blm.gov.
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