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Tall tales from Interstate 84

Posted on: October 13th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Places to Stop, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

Remember the American folktale about Babe the Blue Ox? You could say that Babe and his sidekick Paul Bunyan were a just a tad bit on the extra large size—gargantuan even. Recently, real life mimicked folklore when two supersized oxen calmly grazed inside a horse corral at Oregon Travel Experience’s Stanfield Rest Area. Travelers were eager to take a closer look at the real-life giants and learn more about them.
“I …

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Grove of the States Image Gallery

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in Places to Stop, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

Summary of the project and its significance to Oregon’s public

Oregon’s Grove of the States is located at the French Prairie Rest Area (southbound I-5 at Milepost 281), near Wilsonville. The grove is believed to be the oldest arboretum of state trees in the US and was originally a collection of trees from 53 US states and territories. The concept for the grove was conceived and implemented by former Oregon Attorney …

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Heritage tree connections

Posted on: April 5th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

Directory of community heritage tree programs

Not all of Oregon’s spectacular or historically significant trees qualify for official statewide recognition. However, many cities and counties maintain their own local registries and recognition programs. We hope you will find this directory helpful in learning more about Oregon history and arboriculture across the state.
The directory is organized alphabetically in two sections: city and county. Where nomination forms are available directly on the organization …

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Holiday OTE staff blog

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

Why the OTE Highway Sign Program works

On a recent Turkey Day road trip to visit relatives, I discovered that once you’ve crossed over the border of Southern Oregon, finding essential services such as gas, lodging or food becomes much more difficult.
We found only a few precious highway logo signs located in California—those big blue and white signs that help tell you what businesses are located at the next exit—and once …

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The Birds Visit Government Camp

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

From Government Camp on Mt. Hood, our rest area supervisor John Garmon reports the following: “We had a visit today from a longtime rest area user and 72 of his friends! Don Moore is a member of the Fort Vancouver Racing Pigeon Club.
Club members have been using the Government Camp Rest Area for years as one of their practice start lines. They’ve been preparing for a larger release from Tygh Valley …

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Council Member Spotlight – Mike Drennan

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 2 Comments

Prelude to a conversation

Not far from the outskirts of Corvallis, Oregon, Hwy 99 runs through the heart of the Willamette Valley. Wheat on both sides of the roadway is knee high and gold heads curve downward in gentle arcs. Whirling dust devils resemble small tornadoes as they spiral across recently harvested fields.
Turning onto the Applegate Trail Highway, tractors bumble along as my car passes by, winding through miles of leafy …

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