The broad craggy north face of Diamond Peak from Odell lake. In 1852 John Diamond and his party summited the peak during their survey for the “Free Emigrant Road.” In September of 1853 a large party of wagons crossed the eastern Oregon desert on the “Meek Cut-off” and arrived at “Farewell (Bend)” of the Deschutes. The wagon trains followed Elijah Elliott up the Deschutes and down the “Free Emigrant Road,” following the middle fork of the Willamette River near Diamond Peak’s south side. The Free Emigrant Road, unlike the Barlow Road, charged no toll, and despite getting lost for several months along the crossing, Elliott’s “Lost Wagon Train of 1853” over doubled the population of Lane County. Today’s willamette pass, (Hwy 58 and Southern Pacific Railroad) provides important freight and transportation connections from the valley to the interior and now skirts the north side of Diamond Peak. Making this mountain a significant historical and geologic feature to Oregon geography.
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