Fort Yamhill–where the lives of soldiers, settlers & native peoples met (2010)
Bring your imagination to Fort Yamhill State Heritage Site
You have to see what’s not there to get a picture of this frontier military outpost just 35 minutes northwest of Salem. But, you don’t have to do it alone. For the remainder of August, interpretive park ranger Matt Huerter will take you into “The Hidden Fort” on daily tours, morning and afternoon. Schedule
Both the tours and interpretive panels along a half-mile hard-surfaced trail explore the fort’s purpose, and explain what life was like for tribal residents, white settlers and soldiers alike. “This place is all about the relationships involved during the mid-19th century period in Oregon history,” says Matt. “It tells a fascinating story.”
Ranger Huerter’s afternoon tour begins next to the fort’s only surviving building, and one with a significant past. It is one of the houses occupied by the fort’s officers, including 2nd Lt. Philip Henry Sheridan. Sheridan served in Oregon during 1856-1861 before gaining fame as a cavalry leader and achieving the rank of brigadier general during the Civil War. Long since relocated to its current location, Matt tells about the house’s restoration and the plans to return it to its original hilltop site in the officers’ quarters.
Video clip of Matt’s “Hidden Fort” tours.