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Shipley Cook Heritage Grove dedication

Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in Roadways and Waysides | 2 Comments

Oregon’s Indian summer provided a halcyon backdrop for the last 2012, OTE heritage event. On a balmy Friday afternoon in early October, a small crowd gathered under a thick canopy of leaves at the Shipley-Cook Century Farmstead. The farm’s owner, Rick Cook, greeted guests enthusiastically—inviting them to sit and enjoy the rustle of the breeze in the historic trees overhead. The Oregon Heritage Tree Committee and Oregon Travel Experience held …

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Giving name to a lost seaman

Posted on: September 13th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in Roadways and Waysides | 3 Comments

Black crew member finds new life two centuries after dying

Story submitted to OTE by Gwenn Carr
Last year, I had the opportunity to take my grandchildren on a drive along Highway 101 near Tillamook. We happened to notice a historical marker near the side of the road.  Since I find it hard to drive past these markers, I pulled over to see what it had to say. I must admit that …

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Class of 2012 Oregon Heritage Trees

Posted on: March 30th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

Part three: the Smokejumper Pine Tree

As part of the 2012 Oregon Heritage Tree Statewide Dedication festivities, we’re blog-posting on the four honorees. Up third, a scrappy Illinois Valley survivor of tough soils and challenging climate.
Perhaps something of a rarity, all Oregon Jeffrey pine trees are located within the state’s southwest corner. Tolerant of arid conditions, nutrient deficient soil, and high concentrations of chrome and nickel, the Smokejumper Heritage Pine Tree …

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Class of 2012 Oregon Heritage Trees

Posted on: March 30th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

Part four: The Oregon State University (OSU) Trysting Tree

As part of the 2012 Oregon Heritage Tree Statewide Dedication festivities, we’re blog-posting on the four honorees. Up fourth, a tree for romantics and historians.
For heritage tree lovers everywhere, a trysting tree equals both romanticism and history at the same time. Nominated for the 2012 Class of Oregon Heritage Trees, Oregon State University’s (OSU) 29 year old Trysting Tree will be one …

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Deep Roots

Posted on: March 30th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Newsletter, Roadways and Waysides |

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 …

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Class of 2012 Oregon Heritage Trees

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 2 Comments

Part two: Shipley Cook Grove

As part of the 2012 Oregon Heritage Tree Statewide Dedication festivities, we’re blog-posting on the four honorees. Up second, an historic farm in the Willamette Valley had two founders who loved trees.

A stunning example of the diversity of heritage trees is exemplified by the Shipley Cook Grove, a group of trees representing the horticultural interests of two Oregon farm families. Tree varieties contained in the grove include: …

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Class of 2012 Oregon Heritage Trees

Posted on: March 28th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 1 Comment

Part one: Tub Springs Sugar Pine

As part of the 2012 Oregon Heritage Tree Statewide Dedication festivities, we’re blog-posting on the four honorees. Up first, an amazingly old and giant tree.
High in Oregon’s southern mountains near what we now call Ashland—long before Oregon Country and the Applegate Trail—pinecones scattered by squirrels and birds sprouted into sugar pine saplings. A century passed, trees grew, and in the 1860s Oregon settlers filled barrels …

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From tree to shining tree

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

Oregon Heritage Tree Program: The statewide dedication

What would life be without trees? Trees that shade. Trees that provide food. Trees whose bark, wood, and fiber produce the tools of trade, construction, and commerce. And, in the case of the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, trees whose roots are deeply grounded in our state’s history.
On Friday April 6, 2012, OTE and Oregon State University (OSU) will host a dedication ceremony for the …

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For the love of trees

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 2 Comments

If it’s Valentine’s Day, it must mean love, right? But for heritage tree lovers everywhere, a trysting tree equals both romanticism and history at the same time.
Nominated for the 2012 Class of Oregon Heritage Trees, Oregon State University’s (OSU) 29 year old Trysting Tree will be one of four trees honored this year during an Oregon Arbor Week event in April.
The OSU Trysting Tree is actually a bit of a …

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Kiosks never sleep and neither do we

Posted on: January 9th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

What exactly is a rest area kiosk?

Installing and maintaining Oregon highway business signs are only a fraction of what OTE’s Field Operations Division has a hand in. OTE maintains and stocks kiosk information centers within 12 highway rest areas across the state. Motorists use kiosks both night and day, looking for unique places to eat, sleep, or shop.
Over the last year, OTE noted significant deterioration to almost every kiosk—many had …

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