Some pioneers who took the Barlow Trail arm of the Oregon Trail in the 1840’s and 1850’s, rather than brave the rapids of the Columbia River crossed, the Clackamas River. Sam Barlow charged a toll to take his route and it was still treacherous. In 1846, two of the settlers, Horace Baker and his wife Jane, chose 640 acres along the bank of the Clackamas River for their claim. Baker was a stonemason and had seen a large area of high quality basalt rock there.

He started a quarry and during the high spring waters, he floated the rocks down the Clackamas River on large barges to sell them in Oregon City. Baker also built a slack-line ferry in the area where the Carver Bridge now stands. Earlier on, the area was called Stone, but later changed to Carver, named for Steven Carver who brought the railroad into the area. Today, the Clackamas River is known for its recreational opportunities such as fishing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and boating, rather than its commercial importance.
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