Address: 1100 S. Robinson Drive. The park is located on the intersection of West Dennis Avenue and South Robinson Drive.
History: Named after the Oregon Trail which passed nearby, the 18 acre community park was dedicated in 1981.
The Oregon Trail was the route for hundreds of thousands of people who emigrated to the western frontiers from the late 1830’s through the Civil War, laying claim to much of the West. By 1836, the Oregon Trail was being followed by missionaries to the Indians in Oregon Territory. In 1842, the Bidwell-Bartleson party left the Oregon Trail in Idaho and became the first wagon train to California. The route is commonly referred to as the Oregon-California Trail with the discovery of gold in California in 1849. Starting in the 1850’s, stagecoaches also used it, but it was the image of the wagon trains following the Oregon-California Trail to their destiny in the West that would be its most lasting legacy.
The Santa Fe, Oregon and California would all follow the same route from Westport, Missouri, and using the Westport Route (which is now Kansas City Road) to Gardener, Kansas, where the trails would split…the Santa Fe continuing south westward to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Oregon-California heading northwest.