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Grove of the States Image Gallery

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in Roadways and Waysides |

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 | 6 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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Sign crews install new historic marker at Dayton

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

Many hands raise new awareness to historic Dayton and its Fort Yamhill Blockhouse

This week, OTE’s sign crew and their Oregon Department of Transportation brethren were onsite at Dayton’s Courthouse Square Park, drilling holes and securing a brand new historic marker into place.

OTE’s crew; Mike Bryant, Josh LoBue and Cameron Sulak, were elated that ODOT helped to erect the marker.

“Normally, if we arrange for ODOT’s sign crew to drill deep post …

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2013 Deep Roots now available

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

Download the PDF version of Deep Roots by clicking on the image. This may take a minute to load due to large file size.
Oregon Travel Experience’s annual heritage publication, “Deep Roots” is now available to read online, or you may request a copy be mailed to you or your organization. (We have a limited amount of this publication, so make your request early.)
The newspaper-styled publication includes articles about OTE’s 2013 …

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Tillamook finds its northern Blue Star once more

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

When OTE assumed management of the Tillamook rest area one year ago, its onsite rest area team embarked on a vigorous campaign to revitalize the surrounding landscape. The team’s goal was to improve visibility and safety for motorists, and at the same time, highlight the rugged beauty of Oregon’s North Coast.
In 2012, OTE held a grand rest area “re-opening” event and invited the Tillamook community to celebrate with us. However, …

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Non-profits encouraged to apply for rest area coffee program

Posted on: December 5th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

Guest blog by Sarah Flores, OTE Free Coffee Program Coordinator
As the Oregon Travel Experience Coffee Program Coordinator I am pleased to announce we are now accepting Free Coffee Program applications for the following five I-84 rest areas that OTE will manage beginning January 1, 2013:

Memaloose, Milepost 73, east and westbound
Stanfield, Milepost 187, east and westbound
Charles Reynolds, Milepost 269, east and westbound
Baker Valley, Milepost 295, east and westbound
Weatherby, Milepost 336, east …

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Marking the spot – The Salemtowne volunteers

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 2 Comments

Feature story by Madeline MacGregor
In 2011, the Oregon Historical Marker Committee reviewed text on the program’s iconic “Beaver Board” wooden markers.  Periodic text review helps support relevant cultural and ethnic contributions. During the mid-20th century, short historical summaries inscribed on markers often described events from an Anglo Saxon view point, while the contributions of indigenous peoples or persons of color was notably absent.
While text review and correcting historical fact is …

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