Friday, August 31, 2012

Willamette Mission State Park

Willamette Mission State Park is located four miles north of Keizer, Oregon which is right next to Salem. It is a rather large park at 1680 acres and has miles and miles of hiking, equestrian and biking paths. It has eight miles of hiking trails.

It's located next to the Willamette River and has a tremendous history that many will find, they need to know more about.  At the north end of the Park is the Wheatland Ferry. The only way to get across the Willamette for miles.


The Park is the site of the first Native American Mission, founded in 1834 by Jason Lee.  This explains, too the  huge filbert and walnut orchards that are prevalent in the Park. And, other agricultural areas throughout.


The Willamette Mission Park can brag about having the largest Black Cottonwood Tree in the U.S. and it is 250 years old. Older than dirt!


In the second and third photos, you will see the "ghost structures", in the background of the original settlement.

 
Wheatland Ferry

Willamette Mission State Park

Willamette Mission State Park

Willamette Mission State Park

Willamette Mission State Park

Willamette Mission State Park
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