From I-84, take exit 261 and proceed to La Grande’s south side. Birnie Park is at Gekeler Lane and “B” Street. The site of today’s Birnie Park was an important encampment for emigrants preparing for their first ascent into the Blue Mountains. Ceramic monuments at the memorial park describe the emigrants’ experiences along the Trail. An Oregon Trail memorial set by preservationist Ezra Meeker stands at the corner of “B” and Walnut Street.
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