Longtime Sweet Home Ranger District archaeologist Tony Farque will discuss the history of the Santiam Wagon Road at noon Tuesday, March 10, at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.
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The Santiam Wagon Road was created in the 19th century after Lebanon-area settlers discovered the Santiam Pass while following Indian trails. Local ranchers formed a corporation to develop a toll road to carry their livestock to pastures across the Cascades. The road served as a main means of transportation through the Central Cascades from 1865 to 1939, when Highway 20 was completed.