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Barlow Road

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Barlow Road with Oregon Trail Off Road

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Barlow road Oregon time lapse

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Barlow Road

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Barlow Trail, south of Mt Hood

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Laurel Hill; Barlow Road; Oregon Trail 1845

The Barlow Road is a historic road in what is now the U.S. state of Oregon. It was built in 1846 by Sam Barlow and Philip Foster, with authorization of the Provisional Legislature of Oregon, and served as the last overland segment of the Oregon Trail. Its construction allowed covered wagons to cross the Cascade Range and reach the Willamette Valley, which had previously been nearly impossible. Even so, it was by far the most harrowing 100 miles (160 km) of the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200 km) Oregon Trail.
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