Wind-energy rush threatens historic sites; Public funds being used to destroy historic treasures
The Oregon Trail is in the way of a gold rush that will demolish part of our history and leave us poorer. The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, now operating under the new moniker Oregon Business, was commanded by statute to promote the Oregon Trail as a major tourist attraction consistent with maintaining the historical integrity of the Oregon Trail. ...The gold rush that threatens the Oregon Trail is "free" and "green" energy from the wind. If only it were so.
September 20, 2009
by Stafford Hazelett
in East Oregonian
In 1859, Oregon became a state because so many American settlers had come here on the Oregon Trail. In 1959, Oregon celebrated the centennial of statehood and commissioned public projects to identify and mark the Oregon Trail for the benefit of future generations.
In 1993, the 150-year anniversary of the Great Migration of 1843 on the Oregon Trail was celebrated. Guide books to the Oregon Trail sold by the thousands. Families took Oregon Trail vacation tours. Hundreds of thousands of people came to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at Baker City and the End of the Trail Interpretive Center at Oregon... [continue via Web link]