Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area

Quick Facts

Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area

Oregon

(800) 551-6949

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Things To Do

   

Overview

Built in the mid-1800s to regulate the eastern border of the Grand Ronde Agency Coastal Reservation, Fort Yamhill represented a time of transition for the people of the Northwest. The fort served to ease tension between settlers and natives, protect both populations and control traffic between them. Times were hard for all. Native Americans from five tribes were moved from their homes to the reservation - a confinement that imposed a new spoken language and white man's rules. Enlisted soldiers fought hunger, rain, isolation and monotony. Desertion was common, but the rough country usually drove deserters back to duty. Visiting Fort Yamhill today offers an insight into the physical and emotional hardships endured by all the people involved, as well as the emotional tone of the state from 1856-1866. Exhibits and cultural restoration are provided in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

Map of Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.074100, -123.576500

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Fort Yamhill has a walking guide, allowing more freedom to explore the heritage area while still learning the historical importance of the fort. Be sure to print it out (pdf above) or pick one up when you arrive.

  • Historic Sites

    Visiting Fort Yamhill today offers an insight into the physical and emotional hardships endured by all the people involved, as well as the emotional tone of the state from 1856-1866. Exhibits and cultural restoration are provided in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round.

Directions

Driving

Entrance on east side of Oregon 22, 1 mile north of Valley Junction.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(800) 551-6949

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