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Cattle tracks through history at the East Linn Museum

 

October 27, 2021

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An early local settler uses a team of oxen to move logs.

As we meander through the East Linn Museum, we likely don't have cattle in mind until we come across lariats, saddles, mohair chaps and a branding iron in its tack room. Although some of the branding irons actually were used on logs during drives down the Santiam and Calapooia rivers, when we see them, we automatically think of cowboys, cattle herds and "get along, little dogie."

If local history comes to mind, we know steers once trailed from here over the Santiam Pass by the old toll road at 25 cents per score (20) for critters and 6 cents per horse and rider.  Bound for the bunch grass...



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