An Oregon black history fact is now recorded for future generations
Gwenn Carr (Vice Chair for Oregon Black Pioneers) has changed Oregon’s Historical Marker Program indelibly. During a random stop she made with her grandchildren to read a historical marker along Highway 101, Carr identified the marker’s nameless black crew-member of the sloop Lady Washington. She then contacted the Historical Marker Program about changing the marker’s text, and the rest as …
Government Camp rest area dedication
When the special Legislative session ended earlier this year, Senate Bill 1591transferred nearly all highway safety rest areas into OTE’s hands.
As part of the 2012 legislation, the popular Highway 26 Mt. Hood rest area at Government Camp is now supervised by OTE staff.
On June 13th, Senator Chuck Thomsen, Representative Mark Johnson, Clackamas County Commissioners, The Villages at Mt Hood, and OTE formally recognized the community effort …
The Gorge White House
Oregon visitors and motorists are truly lucky—in fact, one might pose the following question: where on the planet is there a more scenic place for a drive than Oregon?
Heading east from Portland on I- 84, the scenery transitions quickly from urban jumble to a motorist’s first sightings of Rooster Rock, Multnomah Falls, and the awe inspiring Columbia River.
If you happen to make the journey from Portland to …
Join Senator Betsy Johnson, Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart, and OTE staff at a Tillamook Town Hall meeting
Oregon Senator Betsy Johnson, Tillamook Commissioner Mark Labhart, and Oregon Travel Experience will host a Town Hall Meeting in Tillamook, Oregon. The town hall is scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tillamook County Library Hatfield Room, 1716 Third St.
The public forum will be held to discuss OTE’s new management …
Newsletter of the Oregon Travel Experience Heritage Programs
Oregon Travel Experience is proud of its connection to Oregon history. Many people don’t realize that not only do we manage highway business signs and highway safety rest areas, but also oversee two critical heritage programs: Oregon Historical Markers and Oregon Heritage Trees.
This publication holds information about the latest events and news concerning both OTE heritage programs and is available from our office …
How the rain, floods, and snow impacted OTE.
Highway business signs
What types of businesses can be on a logo sign?
Are you a business owner looking for better exposure and a way to capture a steady stream (pardon the pun) of traffic. Do you think only major chains can be posted on those signs?
We’re happy to say that Oregon Travel Experience highway business signs are for any size business. It doesn’t matter …
Congratulations Oregon Historical Marker Committee!
The Oregon Community Foundation announces its decision to award a grant to Oregon Travel Experience’s Historical Marker committee.
The $6,500 grant will be used to create a new historical marker interpreting the Jedediah Smith route, one of 16 designated historic trails in Oregon.
Oregon Travel Experience and the marker committee will partner with the Oregon Historical Trail Advisory Council and the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw …
Coffee: grounds for community enrichment
With the holidays rapidly approaching, Boardman and Eastern Oregon non-profit organizations find themselves scrambling for donations. The need is increasingly great—not just for Thanksgiving or Christmas—but year-round.
From helping Hermiston high school pupils pay student body fees to covering rent and electrical bills at an Irrigon senior center, the free coffee served at Boardman’s I-84 rest area pumps lifeblood back to community members who need it most.
We are your frontline experience: The TIC Signs Program
The crew in action
Josh Flores and Josh LoBue park their state vehicle on the side of the freeway. Wearing bright orange safety vests, the two men step carefully from the truck, while only a few feet away, traffic whizzes by at 60 miles an hour. As part of the OTIC Field Operations sign crew, the truck serves double-duty as stationary office and …
Many hands, many heroes: Free Coffee Program volunteers
As the Travel Information Council (TIC) 2011 vision focus on highway users, it’s increasingly clear we don’t operate within a vacuum. Making sure motorists take frequent safety breaks and arrive home safe and secure is one of TIC’s common shared goals with regional volunteer groups. When TIC assumed supervision of nine rest areas within the heaviest used corridors, they also inherited the companion …