One of the largest over-land migrations in history ended right here in Portland. Nearly half a million people rode and walked over 2,000 miles on the route known as the Oregon Trail in the 15 years before the Civil War. Though parts of the trail have been preserved, some of it has been lost to the pressures of ranching, suburban developments and freeways. In 2010, author Rinker Buck and his brother rode from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Baker City, Oregon, in a covered wagon pulled by mules. They were the first people to ride the Oregon Trail in over a decade.


  • Rinker Buck: Author of “Oregon Trail: A New American Journey.”