Philip Foster, Builder of Barlow Road - c. 1872


Philip Foster, Builder of Barlow Road - Dennie

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Philip Foster became Sam Barlow's business partner in 1846, and together they build the Mount Hood Toll Road, now known as the Barlow Road. Foster moved his family from Oregon City and settled along the toll road near Eagle Creek, where they had a store, cabins for rent, orchards, gardens, and pastures for grazing.

The Fosters received thousands of wagons and guests, as the first civilization many travelers had seen in months. Charging whatever they could, the Fosters did well for themselves. Philip Foster died in 1884 of a heart attack. His wife Mary-Charlotte, sister of Francis Pettygrove, died in 1880 of typhoid fever. Their farm is now a National Historic Site.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0209
Photographer Oliver Dennie
Location Clackamas County
Subject Portraits
Decade 1870s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type CDV
Size of Original 2.2 x 3.5 inches
Photographer's Number No