A history lesson doesn’t always happen in a classroom.
Visit Champoeg State Park. Walk or bike the trails, maybe play a round of . Hunt for mushrooms, smell the flowers, admire the trees. It’s close to civilization — Newberg is minutes away — but the quiet, natural setting makes it feel remote.
Once you’ve soaked up all that idyllic atmosphere, visit the gift shop. Doesn’t everyone love ?) and learn a little bit about Champoeg’s history.(They have a
The first thing I learned is that Champoeg is an actual, factual what eventually became . state government. Not what I was expecting! Champoeg was abandoned and never resettled after a flood in 1861. The real claim to fame here is that this is the birthplace of
Remember that remote vibe I was talking about? Add. Settlers got together in 1841 with one big item on their agenda: Not getting eaten by wolves.
I may be oversimplifying. But the basic truth is, a small group of people all by themselves in what truly was the middle of nowhere decided to put their heads together and plan for their safety and survival. They chose , a missionary, (not an actor with a fondness for Kevin Smith movies) to run these “wolf meetings” for them.
The park and visitor center at Champoeg are gorgeous. It’s peaceful, it’s quiet and I personally guarantee you won’t be eaten by wolves if you spend a day there. Or even a weekend camping. It is likely, however, that you will have a nice walk, run or ride, feel refreshed, and a learn a little bit about Oregon history.