Santiam Wagon Road

The Santiam Wagon Road was a freight route in the U.S. state of Oregon between the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon regions from 1865 to the 1930s. It is considered one of the most important historical routes in the state.[1] Officially known as the Willamette Valley and Cascade Mountain Wagon Road, the Santiam Wagon Road was built between 1861 and 1868 and operated as a toll road until 1915. In 1925, the road was turned over to the State of Oregon for use as a highway. U.S. Route 20 closely follows the original route of the wagon road.[2]

Santiam Wagon Road
Santiam Wagon Road - Lava Field Management Segment.jpg
Lava Field management segment
LocationWillamette National Forest, Deschutes National Forest
Nearest cityCascadia, Sisters
Coordinates44°25′29″N 121°50′44″W / 44.42471°N 121.84559°W / 44.42471; -121.84559Coordinates: 44°25′29″N 121°50′44″W / 44.42471°N 121.84559°W / 44.42471; -121.84559
Area139 acres (56 ha)
NRHP reference No.10000795
Added to NRHPSeptember 23, 2010

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Erin Foote Marlowe (March 11, 2006). "Disappearing trails - Many segments of the Santiam Wagon Road, which once stretched from Albany to Ontario, have become impassable or outright obliterated". The Bend Bulletin.
  2. ^ The Associated Press. "Trails for off-highway vehicles will be marked". Statesman Journal. Retrieved 2006-10-07.

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