VOLUME 8/NUMBER 4: SUMMER, 2001

THE TIME FOR FESTIVALS HAS ARRIVED!
Summer is festival time. And, the Cascade Geographic Society has three unique ones that
are being held at Mt. Hood Village, located at 65000 East U.S. Highway 26. So jot these down on
your calendar:
17th Annual Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days
    August 24th, 25th, & 26th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

    (Huckleberry pancake breakfast being served from 8 a.m. to Noon)
History of the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days"
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 17th Annual HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL Year 2001

"HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL"
The Cascade Geographic Society's very special 157th Annual Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days will take place on August 24th (Friday), August 25th (Saturday), and August 26th (Sunday). The festivities will be held at Mt. Hood Village, 65000 East U.S. Highway 26 in the Village of Brightwood, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a family-oriented Festival with no admission charge and free parking.

This year's Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days will help celebrate the first attempted [but failed] crossing of Mount Hood's southern flank 156 years ago, and the 155th Anniversary of the opening of
the first toll road over the Cascade Mountain Range. With a toll of $5 per wagon, this overland route was fashioned out of an ancient Indian trail and served as an overland route for emigrants not having the $50 per wagon fee to raft their wagon down the Columbia River.

The Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days celebrates the history and natural resources associated with Mount Hood and the Oregon Trail. It's a time for young and old, people from all walks of life, to
come together for the festivities.

"Festivals such as this one are ideal because people can enjoy themselves 
while appreciating those very special things that Nature provides us, along 
with the history that goes with the natural landscapes," explains Michael P. Jones 
of the Cascade Geographic Society. "You can't help but to take a good look at what 
all we have here in Oregon and the Northwest and know that we're very lucky."

"Holding this celebration [the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & 
Barlow Trail Days] on Mount Hood is ideal since this Mountain is the 
symbol  of Oregon and the Cascadian representative of the Northwest. 
Where else could you really celebrate our natural, historical, and cultural 
resources with so many people from different walks of life and age groups?"


The Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days is actually a reincarnation of an earlier celebration that began back in 1890 with the opening of the Welches Hotel in the quaint little Village of Welches. The hotel, known as the "Big House", was operated by 1840's Oregon Trail emigrant, trading post operator, and founder of this frontier settlement along the Salmon River, Samuel Welch, who resembled the character of Uncle Sam.   Samuel, along with his son Billy, opened a campground along the Salmon River two years prior to the hotel,         which sowed the seeds for the tourist industry on Mount Hood.

This year's Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days, as in the very early beginnings of this event, pays tribute to Mount Hood's unique bounty of Huckleberries and its other special natural resources, in addition
to its history. This Festival has become part of a tradition that brings people back to the slopes of Mount Hood year after year.

On hand at this year's Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days will be more tasty products made from Oregon's "blue gold" -- Wild Huckleberries -- than wešve ever had and they will be on sale. And, as in
previous years, there will be a big demand for them, but we doubt that we'll sell out. They will be on sale each day of the Festival, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday until 5 p.m. only). 

For additional information on the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days or other festivals and events, please contact Michael P. Jones at (503) 622-4798, or Nita Kreuzer at (503) 658-6233. 

History of the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days"
The Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days began sometime in the late 1880's or early 1890's, although most folks who are still alive from those days canšt seem to agree on a specific date. However, it is
highly probable that this Festival actually came into existence about the same time the Welches Hotel first opened, which was the Summer of 1890.

Samuel Welch, an Oregon Trail pioneer of the 1840's, is credited with planting the "seeds" of the tourism movement on Mt. Hood. While crossing the Blue Mountains, he first caught sight of Oregon's highest mountain, an 11,235 foot snow-clad Peak, and had a dream about establishing a resort on that beautiful Mountain. And, during those early times when Samuel "rolled up his sleeves" and began working towards that dream, the Mt. Hood Huckleberry Festival (as it was simply known back in those early days) came into existence.

Samuel was a Pennsylvania-born emigrant, who crossed the Oregon Trail with his brother in a "Prairie Schooner" ( which was a small, modified farm wagon that was literally an oblong box on wheels -- approximately four feet
wide by ten to fifteen feet long, with the sideboards rising up about two feet high). After residing first in Oregon City and then Washougal, Washington, and, still later, the Orient area just east of Gresham, he moved up to Mt. Hood in 1880 with his sixteen year old son, Billy.

After Samuel had relocated to Mount Hood, he and his teenage son operated a trading post at the mouth of the Zig Zag River near where it joined the Sandy River. This small log and split-cedar structure, was a former Hudson's Bay Company trading post or outpost that had been abandoned when the British settled the Oregon issue with the Americans and relocated their operations to what is now known as Canada.

During this period, Samuel began homesteading the lower Welches Valley where he first constructed a two-story farmhouse for his family, and then fashioned the land at the threshold of the rugged Salmon River Canyon into a
ranch. Here, he brought in cattle which he pastured in what is now the golf course at The Resort At The Mountain. Occasionally, he would even bring in a herd of Wild Horses which he broke and would sell in Portland.

In 1889, Samuel began enlarging his family home, which he called the "Big House", into a hotel. By July 1st when all threats of snows in the lower elevations of Mount Hood had finally subsided, this was the beginning of the Summer tourist season back then, and the Welches Hotel opened its doors to its first guests

To celebrate the opening of the Welches Hotel, Samuel and his son Billy decided to organize a Festival. However, this was not just to call attention to their new hotel, but also to a special bounty that drew the people to Mount Hood: Huckleberries. So, the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival was born.

A year or two later, the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival was relocated to the Old Village of Salmon. This quaint frontier settlement was located just west of what is now the Village of Brightwood on a segment of the Oregon Trail that later became part of the Mount Hood Loop Highway.

Samuel decided that it was the most ideal place for the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival, since this location on the west bank of the Salmon River. He and other settlers believed that it was destined to become a boom town for Mount Hood due to its rapid growth from an Oregon Trail campsite to a village that was now boasting its own voting precinct, hotel, and saloon.

The Village of Salmon was a tiny, crude settlement that remarkably was fashioned out of an original campsite that had been utilized by those who were traversing over the Oregon Trail. These early-day travelers had been
seeking an overland route into the Willamette Valley for the final leg of their 2,000-plus mile journey by traveling over Mount Hood's rugged southern flank on an ancient Native American path that became known as the Barlow
Trail. This was an alternative to rafting the final miles down the Columbia River.

At this particular location on Mount Hood, situated just west of today's Village of Brightwood on the banks of the Salmon River near where it merges with the Sandy River, emigrants "forded" the Rivers and continued on to the
"New Eden" (the Willamette Valley) which lay farther to the west. However, some of the "overlanders" took a liking to this place, and eventually returned to set down their roots.

Unfortunately, at this historic site where a cluster of frontier homes -- along with a saloon, hotel, post office and voting precinct -- eventually came to be constructed, did not survive the onslaught of the coming years. The future, as some old-timers have reminisced, did not have a place for this pioneer village that grew up along a segment of the Oregon Trail on Mount Hood.

Eventually , as the Village of Salmon began to fade into history, the focus of the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival came to rest in Brightwood. There, the owners of the McIntyre Store, located where today's Brightwood
Country Store is today, took the celebration under their wings and promoted it locally. A "Huckleberry Queen" was added and an official parade was instituted as part of the festivities, with a big Huckleberry Pancake Feed.
With the main road from Portland running past the business, everyone who walked through their doors learned about the Festival and its up-coming events.

Tourists were drawn to the event although it was a long and difficult drive to Mount Hood. Yet, the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival remained relatively small, in spite of the support and glowing endorsements from local Mountain residents and tourists from the city who took pride in not only that delicious wild bounty known as the Huckleberry, but also the area's scenic beauty and rich history.

Finally, in the 1930's, the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival reign regrettably came to an end. During the economic turmoil of the Great Depression, the McIntyre family and other folks did not see too much to celebrate because of the "hard times" that plagued the Mountain and the rest of the Nation. Gradually, without fanfare, the Festival silently died.

In 1985, approximately fifty-five years after the difficult reign of the Great Depression claimed the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival as one of its victims, a handful of Mount Hood residents pooled their energy and brought the celebration back into existence. They combined it with a new proposed event -- known as the "Barlow Trail Days" -- to bring attention to the wealth of history associated with that Old Oregon Trail, and the segments which still had survived and endured the passage of time.

Recognizing the need to educate the public, the sponsors of the revitalized Huckleberry Festival organized activities that would be fun and informative, with the goal of providing free opportunities for all to enjoy. This was the purpose of the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days.

The Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days has grown into a family-oriented event which continues to expand and attract people from all over Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Each year the number of participants increases, and while the Festival is in its relative infancy, increasing interest and participation continues to build. The celebration's events are truly unique, educational, fun, and, for the most part, free to the public.

In 2001, the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days is celebrating its seventeenth year.  Now situated at Mt. Hood Village, 65000 East U.S. Highway 26 near the Village of Brightwood, it continues to celebrate Huckleberries, as well as other bounties of Nature, not to mention our rich Native American and Oregon Trail history. This year the tradition of our history and our natural resources continues. The festivities mark the 17th annual event under the sponsorship of the Cascade Geographic Society, ever since it was resurrected back in 1984. The Festival is still undergoing changes and is transitioning into something for future generations, yet still retains the "heritage" of our past.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 17th Annual HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL Year 2001
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24th:

~HUCKLEBERRY PANCAKE FEED: 8 a.m. to Noon -- A Hoodland Senior Center fundraiser.
~ARTS AND CRAFTS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
~FREE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Throughout the day beginning at 8 a.m.
~FRESH HUCKLEBERRIES & WILDBERRY GOODIES: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
        On sale are jams, milkshakes, sundaes, take-n-bake pies, tarts, candy, sauces, and much more -- all made out 
        of Huckleberries!
~HISTORICAL TRACTORS: 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
~VINTAGE CAR RIDES: Noon to 5 p.m.
~NATIVE AMERICAN SALMON BAKE: Noon to 6 p.m. or until sold out
~FAMOUS & INFAMOUS SITES OF THE BARLOW TRAIL TOUR : 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This carpool tour explores sections of Mount Hood's Barlow Trail, a Native
American path that became the first toll road over the Cascade Mountain
Range. Participants will visit pioneer graves, campsites, tollgates, and will view
remnants of this historic Wilderness path, including ruts and swales of the
long gone "Prairie Schooners". Stories of the struggles of these Eden-seeking
emigrants accent the unique setting of this historic trail and related sites.
Autumn of 2001 marks the 156th Anniversary of the first attempted, but failed,
crossing of the Barlow Trail by covered wagons, and the 155th Anniversary
of the opening of this terrible trail as a so-called toll road.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th:
~HUCKLEBERRY PANCAKE FEED: 8 a.m. to Noon.
~ARTS AND CRAFTS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
~FREE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Throughout the day beginning at 8 a.m.
~FRESH HUCKLEBERRIES & WILDBERRY GOODIES: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
        On sale are jams, milkshakes, sundaes, pies, tarts, candy, sauces, and much more -- all made out of
        Huckleberries!
~HISTORICAL TRACTOR EXHIBITION: 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
~VINTAGE CAR EXHIBIT & RIDES: Noon to 5 p.m.
~NATIVE AMERICAN SALMON BAKE: Noon to 6 p.m.
~MOUNT HOOD'S WORLD RECORD-BREAKING WATERMELON LAUNCH: Set-up at 2 pm; Blast-off at 3 pm
        See Watermelons fly as they are splattered into space by catapults and other strange devices representing
        some of the most unique and absolutely crazy fruit and produce launchers ever invented. THIS IS GREAT
        FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY! AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS ALWAYS WELCOME!
~Free Workshop on Chili Cook-Off & Barbecue Competition: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
        [Located in the booth just outside the Fitness Center near the children's play area.] Hosted by Chef
        Extraordinaire Steve Price -- [This workshop will help potential participants and just interested people to
        learn more about and help prepare for the upcoming cooking competitions to be held at the "Mount
        Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival" on October 6th and 7th].
~NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLING, DANCING, DRUMMING, & SINGING: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
        featuring the Mid-Columbia River Dance Troupe with storyteller Michael P. Jones.
~HUCKLEBERRY CEREMONY: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
        Lead by American Indians, this special ceremony honors the Huckleberry and other natural resources of
        Mount Hood, including its rich indigenous history. Honor songs, speeches, and drumming highlights this      
        event.
~BIG LAUREL HILL TOUR: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
        This carpool tour explores the most infamous site of the 2,000-plus mile Oregon Trail, where emigrants
        snubbed ropes to trees and covered wagons were lowered down ruggedly-steep cliffs just above Mount
        Hood's Zig Zag Canyon. Storytelling adds a special touch to this excursion and brings the past to life.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th:
~HUCKLEBERRY PANCAKE FEED: 8 a.m. to Noon.
~ARTS AND CRAFTS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
~FREE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Throughout the day, beginning at 8 a.m.
~FRESH HUCKLEBERRIES & WILDBERRY GOODIES: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
        On sale are jams, milkshakes, sundaes, pies, tarts, candy, sauces, and much, much more.
~HORSES ON THE BARLOW TRAIL: 10 a.m. to Noon
~VINTAGE CAR EXHIBIT & RIDES: Noon to 5 p.m.
~NATIVE AMERICAN SALMON BAKE: Noon to 6 p.m.