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Smith Homestead Meadow

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Oak in the meadow, Smith Homestead site (bobcat)

Description

The meadow was the site of a homestead built by Walter and Isaac Smith in 1886. The Smiths families planted fruit trees, fished the river, and harvested timber from the nearby hills. In 1893, the Wilson River Wagon Road, a toll road, opened up the Wilson River/Gales Creek valleys for regular stagecoach travel between the Willamette Valley and Tillamook Bay. Walter and Alice Smith capitalized by turning their homestead into a wayside inn. The toll for two days of travel (not counting a stay at the inn) was $1.50.

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