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Grove of the States dedicated as Oregon Heritage Trees on their 50th Anniversary

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by Annie Von Domitz in News & Press | No Comments

On August 28th at 1:00 p.m., the Oregon Heritage Tree Program celebrated the induction of Oregon’s newest Heritage Trees ­­­– Oregon’s Grove of the States, a historic arboretum containing trees for each US state and the District of Columbia.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, ODOT director Matt Garrett and members of the Oregon Travel Information Council joined the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee to commemorate the day and induct the Grove as …

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Santiam Rest Area Closures Scheduled for Repaving

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by Annie Von Domitz in News & Press | No Comments

The Santiam Rest Area at I-5 milepoint 241 will be closed in two stages for necessary repaving as follows:
Southbound: Closed to trucks at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11. Car traffic will be allowed through September 17, 2017
Northbound and Southbound: Closed to all traffic at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18. Both rest areas are scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
We apologize for this inconvenience. French Prairie Rest …

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Grove of the States

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Annie Von Domitz in Heritage Tree Details | No Comments

In 1967 Oregon Attorney General  Robert Y. Thornton hosted the 61st annual conference of the National Association of Attorneys General in Portland. As part of a conference event, Thornton planned for the Grove of the States as an homage to First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and her work fostering the 1965 Highway Beautification Act. The First Lady pushed hard for freeway right-of-ways filled with green landscaping and wildflowers instead of …

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Huntington Wagon Road Junipers

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Annie Von Domitz in Heritage Tree Details | No Comments

Shaggy bark from Western Juniper

J.W. P. Huntington

The Target Tree, one of the Junipers in the Grove.

Following the line of a very old Native American Trail, the Huntington Wagon Road was marked by J.W. Petit Huntington in 1864 as a route between The Dalles and Fort Klamath. When the road was firmly established, it was used by prospectors, homesteaders, soldiers, and tradesman. Warm Springs Indian scouts frequently used the road in …

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Drake Ponderosa Pine Grove

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Annie Von Domitz in Heritage Tree Details | No Comments

A.M. Drake original homestead lodge and several of the Ponderosa Pines

Plaque marking the area of the A.M. Drake Homestead

Pinecone from the Ponderosa Pine

A.M. and Florence Drake arrived in Central Oregon in June 1900. As they made their way through the homeland of the Northern Paiute tribes and alongside the Deschutes River in a covered wagon, the Drakes stopped to assess their surroundings and make camp. It is reported the couple butted …

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Coquille Myrtle Grove

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by Annie Von Domitz in Heritage Tree Details | No Comments

This grove of trees was protected by the Garden Club of Oregon and given to the People of Oregon in 1949. The Garden Club started many conservation projects including Operation Wildflower on state highways, “Don’t Be a LitterBug!” campaign. The Oregon Myrtle is a highly valued evergreen hardwood that has played a significant role in Oregon’s coastal economies. The site is now owned by State Parks as the Coquille Myrtlewood Wayside …

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Lee Oak Tree

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by Annie Von Domitz in Heritage Tree Details | No Comments

The Lees and their seven children arrived in the Willamette Valley in 1848. In 1850, they took advantage of the Donation Land Claim Act to gain title to their 611 acres in what is now known as Canby.
The oak tree the family planted sits on the site of the family’s third home, which was constructed by carpenters with the Oregon and California Railroad in 1869. When Lee died in 1887, …

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Southern Oregon Coast Region

Posted on: August 19th, 2015 by Annie Von Domitz in Historical Marker Details | No Comments

Welcome to the Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast boasts forested headlands, towering dunes of sand, and sparkling lakes and rivers. From the Columbia River south to Bandon, the picturesque coastline is bordered to the east by the peaks of the Coast Range Mountains. These peaks are the remnants of a chain of volcanic islands that collided with the North American continent some 50 million years ago. The rugged southernmost section of …

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Umpqua- Southern Oregon Region

Posted on: August 19th, 2015 by Annie Von Domitz in Historical Marker Details | No Comments

Welcome to Southern Oregon
Southern Oregon is a land of great geographic diversity. Here are the more than 250-million-year-old Klamath Mountains in the south, and to the north and uplifted 50-million-year-old ocean floor and overlying sediments, called “Siletzia” by geologists. To the east is crystal clear crater lake nestled in ancient volcanic Mount Mazama, and beyond it are Basin and Range fault block mountains separated by lakes such as Summer Lake, …

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The Hollering Place

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by Annie Von Domitz in Historical Marker Details | No Comments

The Hollering Place
a strategic site for communication, trade, and travel
Where this marker now stands, the villages of Qaimisiich on this side and El-ka-titc on the spit to the west, were close enough to call across the bay for a canoe ride – hence the translation of El-ka-titc, “Hollering Place.” Coos Bay has been a trade and transportation center for thousands of years.
Camp Cast-a-way
In 1852, the chartered schooner “Captain Lincoln” ran …

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