John D. Barnes was born in Florence, Oregon, in 1951. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1977, his first career position in Idaho included efforts to protect two significant historical transportation routes that served early northwest pioneers: the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Oregon Trail. His interest in these types of historic resources continued when serving as the Cultural Resource Staff Specialist with the Oregon Department of Forestry. In this position he served as project leader for the development of policies and procedures for inventory, survey, and protection of cultural resources on state-owned forest lands.
Salem - Astoria Military Road
As white settlement grew in the lower Willamette Valley during the mid-1800s, so did the desire for a road to the seaport of Astoria that would provide inexpensive and convenient access to lucrative California markets. Traversing the rugged mountains in that part of the Oregon Territory promised to be difficult …
Trask Toll Road
The Trask River Wagon Toll Road may have given travelers “the most awful ride in the world”—a description taken from a passenger's account written in 1889 for McMinnville's Telephone-Register. For nearly forty years, from 1874 until 1917, the 45-mile-long, steep, narrow route over Oregon‘s Coast Range served as the …