Historical Trees of MVHS: Harrison's Oregon Trail Rose


     Hello blog viewers! My name is Ben Stevenson and I am apart of the horticulture program at Medomak Valley High school. I'm currently a Junior and I am enrolled in the horticulture two program. Our purpose here at Medomak Valley High School is to preserve biodiversity in crops and keep living history alive. We actually have a living history arboretum here at our school, it contains a total of twenty five different trees from various places around the world.

      One of the trees we have is known as "Harrison's Oregon Trail Rose."  This tree is quite historical as it regales the stories of pioneers braving the trail to find new land for farming and hopes of new opportunities. However braving the trail was much more dangerous than they first expected. There were many horrible and sometimes gruesome trials that laid in wait for pioneers. Being run over by their own cart and oxen, Cholera, being struck by lightning and baseball sized hail and sometimes even being accidentally shot by their own friends with half cocked guns that fired when riding over bumps in the trail. (Frontier Trails The Old West)

    Many folk who started off on the trail looked like this, happy people wanting to find profit. Family's looking to start again, people running from being judged and wanting to start anew, then there were the gold miners. All of them looking to stake claim and get their fair share of wealth.

    Now before these miners set off to claim their fortune in gold, farming land, and new jobs, they heard of a beautiful rose that was bred in New York, it was later distributed by William Prince. William Prince however did not create this cultivar of this beautiful rose, we have to give thanks to sir George Harrison for that. So in the odd circumstance that this plant was huge while the pioneers traveled the trail, they planted it along the way. Some planted the roses outside of their houses. Sadly not many people who settled along the Oregon stayed there or lived long enough to become prosperous. 

By: Ben Stevenson    


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