Blue Mountain Scenic Byway
(Umatilla National Forest)
1. OREGON TRAIL (16 miles)
The Oregon Trail enters Morrow County from the east in the Butter Creek area and leaves in the west near Cecil. The popular stopping places were at Wells Spring and at Willow Creek near Cecil. A kiosk has been constructed at Wells Spring featuring an information center. Travelers on the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway can visit Wells Spring by turning east at Cecil and traveling 14 miles.
2. IONE (29 miles)
Ione is a lovely community of gracious homes and several business facilities, nestled along Willow Creek. This city is surrounded by rolling wheat fields and landscapes dotted with livestock. The historic Oregon Trail crosses near Ione at Wells Spring, a favorite stopover for early century wagon trains. For more information contact the Ione City Hall at (541) 422-7414.
3. LEXINGTON (36 miles)
Lexington, in the center of agricultural Morrow County, is home for the county-wide school district office, the Morrow County Airport and the Morrow County Public Works Department, where a traveler's information kiosk is provided. In the early 1900's, this busy community was the trading center for products entering and leaving the county.