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When did Oregon decide to become a USA territory rather than an appendage of Canada? I decided to visit the location of the deciding vote.
Champoeg Park is on the Willamette River about 20 miles south of Portland.
I began by taking a short loop to the west along the River. After returning to a pavilion where the historical 52-50 vote occurred in 1843, I hiked easterly on a cinder path, which soon turned to a paved lane along the River.
After a detour to an 1845 pioneer woman’s gravesite, I explored a nature hike loop.
Then began the two-mile trek behind La Butte to Butteville, a scenic little town on the Willamette River. After taking a break at the Butteville Store, originally opened in 1863, I began the return to the Trailhead.
A very pleasant 8 1/2-mile hike indeed.