Windmills On The Oregon Trail
by Stafford Hazelett
The Oregon Trail in 1849 by William Tappan for Major Osborne Cross
The Horizon Energy Plan for the Oregon Trail in 2011unless someone objects
In 1849, Major Cross with the Mounted Rifle Regiment descended the hill
entering the Grande Ronde from the south. He had an artist along who made
drawings of the things they saw and did for the official Army report which
was filed in 1851. The hill looks today much as it did when Major Cross
descended, and the ruts of the Oregon Trail are deep and clear going down
Toady, a developer is planning to place 500-foot windmills on the same hill. There is room on the hill for both the Oregon Trail and the windmills. The developer has chosen to place windmills directly in the line of sight of the three million vehicles that pass this viewpoint. The project will have over 150 windmills. They could move a couple of them over a bit. In February or March 2011 there will be an opportunity to write letters to try to get the State of Oregon to require the developer to move the towers so they will not appear directly in line with this view of the Oregon Trail from Interstate 84 driving from La Grande to Baker City.
Thank you for expressing a concern in the direct damage this project would have caused to a high-value segment of the original Oregon Trail in a very visible place.
My name is Stephenie Flora. Return to [ Home Page ] All [ Comments and Inquiries ] are welcome.