VOLUME 6/NUMBER 6: December, 1999

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Contribute to CGS for the 1999 Tax Year
There is still time to assist your 1999 taxes by donating to Cascade Geographic Society, whether it is a cash contribution, history or nature books, historical photographs, maps, journals, diaries, and other documents, artifacts, hand or power tools, etc. We are an all-volunteer organization that can use your help and you can benefit from a tax-deduction. So before you throw something out, give us a call at (503) 6 The Cascade Geographic Society is an educational organization. The group operates a "Sanctuary Lands Program" (that protects fish and wildlife habitats, cultural and historical resources), operates "Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center" in the Village of Welches, restores fish and wildlife habitats, works with inner-city youth through our "Project Discovery" program, has preserved many miles along the Oregon Trail, protects cultural and historical sites, is working towards preserving Portland Underground (the Shanghai Tunnels), sponsors a number of festivals, special events, and a long list of tours throughout the year.
The work of the Cascade Geographic Society is saving todayís heritage resources for our and future generations. Wonít you assist with a contribution today?

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Christmas in underground Portland -- December [TBA 2000]
The history of Portlandís "Shanghai Tunnels" has been exposed to the Portland Metropolitan Area and beyond, thanks to four special reports by KGW Channel 8 and KOIN TV 6 News. By working with the Cascade Geographic Society, these well aired broadcasts helped to open up a whole new world to viewers who had not yet heard about the rumors of men being shanghaied and sold to sea captains for an average of $50 per man.

From 1850 to the beginning of World War II, shanghaiing, as it was known, ran rampart as greed and corruption controlled the politicians, the police, Avenue, and from whatís now Union Station south to Lair Hill Park (on the west side of the Ross Island Bridge) and beyond, unsuspecting sailors, loggers, cowboys, and other working stiffs, found themselves on board ship bound for the Orient.

If you and your family would like to see Portlandís shanghai tunnels for yourself, you can. The Cascade Geographic Society has scheduled their "Christmas In Underground Portland", a thank you tour for members, on [TBA 2000], December [TBA 2000]. Members need to be in good standing and need to reserve a place by calling Michael P. Jones at (503) 622-4798.

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SANCTUARY LANDS PROGRAM NEEDS YOUR HELP
Cascade Geographic Society has secured several acres that consist of a meadow, wetlands, and streams, in order to benefit fish and wildlife on Mount Hood by protecting it forever. The acreage also has a section of the Oregon Trail and Native American cultural sites. This acreage was threatened by both logging and development and would have destroyed Salmon habitat and critical seasonal range for wildlife, not to mention historical and cultural sites. This acreage is now part of our "Sanctuary Lands Program", which means that it will be protected forever. We are now in the process of raising money to help pay for this land; any amount contributed, no matter how small, will be gladly accepted. Individuals who contribute amounts of $100 or larger, will have their names placed on a plaque that will be located at the "sanctuary". This would be a good classroom project as well as a tax-deductible contribution, not to mention some "hands-on" restoration work. For more information, call: (503) 622-4798; or write us at: Sanctuary Lands Program, P.O. Box 398, Rhododendron, Oregon. 97049.

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HOW YOU AND YOUR FAMILY OR ORGANIZATION CAN KEEP WILDLIFE FROM BEING KILLED ON OUR ROADS
You and your family or organization can assist the Cascade Geographic Society from keeping wildlife from being killed on roads in the Mount Hood Area by sponsoring a "Wild Animal Warning Reflector". These unique devices are placed along roads in wildlife migration corridors and are beneficial to the animals dear, Cougar, Bobcat, Coyote, Raccoons, and other wild animals will wait until the vehicle(s) pass. The cost is only $20 a reflector. This is a great class project. Every reflector makes a difference. This is a great and critical fund-raising project! For additional information how you can help, please call (503) 622-4798. Or, write: Save Our Wildlife, P.O. Box 398, Rhododendron, Oregon. 97049.

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HISTORIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL TOURS
We customize our tours to meet your needs. From grade schoolers to elders, individuals to large groups, of all physical abilities, especially challenged learners, talented and gifted, we welcome all who are interested in learning more about cultural and natural history of our beautiful Mount Hood Region. From Oregon Trail excursions, trips down the Barlow Trail, the wonder of the Old-Growth Forests, to the special and sacred lands of Ancient Peoples, we offer over 35 tours you wonít want to miss. Send a SASE for a list of tours and prices. Group rates are available, with discounts for schools. Just one hour from downtown Portland, these tours are an ideal opportunity for a day trip you wonít forget. Enjoy the magic and splendor of the Mountain and its rich history. Be sure to reserve your space for our ever-popular tour of Mt. Hoodís Oregon Trail, featuring pioneer graves and campsites, historic trail ruts and little-known routes, stream crossings, and the infamous Big Laurel Hill, where pioneers were forced to lower their wagons down the steep cliffs with ropes.

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ENVIRONMENTAL & OREGON TRAIL PROJECTS
Last year, over 350 volunteers from Portland Metropolitan Area schools, organizations, and families assisted in restoring the natural environment and sections of the Oregon Trail but much work is left. If you want to contribute some volunteer time to benefit fish and wildlife, we could surely utilize you. Many things have contributed to the poor conditions of our Northwest, and we still have fish and wildlife habitats in need of enhancement or restoration. Help Salmon and wildlife species by lending Cascade Geographic Society a hand. Project sites range from the Columbia and Willamette Rivers to Mt. Hood. Give Nita Kreuzer, Volunteer Coordinator, a call at (503) 658-6233 [evenings].

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155th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BARLOW TRAIL - THE OREGON TRAILíS MOST INFAMOUS ROUTE OVER OREGONíS MOUNT HOOD
The Spring of 2000 marks the 154th Anniversary of the first attempted wagon crossing/road over Mt. Hood. Known as the Barlow Trail, this was the final overland link of the Oregon Trail that allowed "overland" travelers a cheaper but far more dangerous alternative to rafting their covered wagons down the Columbia River. In 1845, the wagon parties of Samuel Kimbrough Barlow, Joel Palmer, and William Rector joined together and attempted to make the first crossing of the 11,235-foot Mount Hood by widening an Ancient Indian trail. From mid-September through December, they battled their way through the thick timber of the Mountainís southern flank, and failed. They had to cache their "Prairie Schooners" and most of their possessions in a crudely-made log cabin, and hiked out. They didnít reach Oregon City until Christmas Day. The following year Barlow received a charter from the Provisional Government of Oregon and started a toll road which required, amongst other things, lowering their wagons down the steep cliffs of Big Laurel Hill with ropes. Today, with the expertise of an interpreter with the Cascade Geographic Society, experience this unique and colorful history by visiting emigrant campsites, graves, tollgates, wagon ruts and swales, and even the infamous Big Laurel Hill, the worst section of the 2,000-plus mile Oregon Trail. Or, study Old-Growth Forests, wetlands, Wild Rivers, Salmon and wildlife habitats, ethnobotany, environmental issues, and more, all located alongside this spectacular historic trail. Just give us a call at (503) 622-4798 for further information and details. Weíll work with you to develop just the right experience for you, your family, or organization.