Pioneer History

Sandy was place for Oregon Trail pioneers on the Barlow Road to rest and gather supplies for their continuing journey to the Willamette. In the summer of 1845, Sam Barlow, the namesake of the Barlow Road, arrived in the Dalles. When continuing his journey, he came to the Columbia River. Knowing the crossing would be difficult, he looked for an alternate route. If he followed the south side of Mount Hood, he could safely continue his passage. The toll road stretched from Mount Hood to Eagle Creek.

The Barlow Road began being traveled in 1846 can covered between 80 and 90 miles. Nearly a thousand settlers used the road that brought them into Sandy in that first year. The route was improved by the addition of the Revenue Bridge over the Sandy River. The Revenues also added a trading post that served the pioneers who traveled through the area.

Sandy’s history is rich with pioneer settlers. Come by the Tollgate Inn and hear more.

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