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Pendleton group helps nudge history forward

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

On August 6, 2015, a new Oregon historical marker was dedicated by the community of Pendleton and Oregon Travel Experience. The marker’s installation and historic text revision was sponsored by the 2015 Leadership Pendleton Class. A brief ceremony took place in front of the new marker on the eastern end of Pendleton, along Highway 30.
OTE’s Annie von Domitz and Oregon Historical Marker Committee member George Forbes attended the dedication and …

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Council spotlight – two members talk Oregon history

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

Image of the Oregon Travel Information Council members, Ed Washington and Charlotte Lehan

At a recent Heritage Tree Committee meeting, OTE had an opportunity to catch up with the Oregon Travel Information Council’s Ed Washington and Charlotte Lehan. As part of their Council duties, Washington and Lehan serve on the Council’s Heritage Program Subcommittee. Their responsibility is to report on program activities and make recommendations to the full Council.
(To view the photographs full size, click on the image to enlarge.)
The committee’s July meeting was …

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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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The Triple Nickles Historical Marker Dedication

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., the Oregon Historical Marker Program will commemorate the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (also known as the Triple Nickles), an elite all-Black paratrooper unit deployed to Oregon near the end of WWII. A new historical marker honoring the Triple Nickles will be unveiled at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum located at the Illinois Valley Valley Airport in Cave Junction.
The Triple Nickles jumped their …

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2017 Deep Roots Heritage News

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in Newsletter | No Comments

Digital flipbook version of our 2017 Heritage Programs’ newsletter
This year’s cover story dives deep into the significance behind a new historical marker slated for dedication (June 3, 2017) in Cave Junction at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum. The focus is on the “Triple Nickles,” also known as the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion—a segregated all-Black elite division—who in 1945 jumped into Oregon history. The battalion’s secret mission was to parachute near …

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2017 Deep Roots publication now available

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) is offering a free publication to those interested in Oregon’s Heritage Trees and Historical Markers. The 2017 edition of “Deep Roots” is available while supplies last. Deep Roots features historical photographs and is a large tabloid periodical published on quality paper stock—perfect for Oregon ephemera collections.
This year’s cover story dives deep into the significance behind a new historical marker slated for …

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Oregon Heritage Tree Advocate to be honored

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is pleased to announce the 2017 Maynard C. Drawson Memorial Award winner. This year’s honor goes to educator and arborist Paul Ries. Ries will receive a plaque recognizing his contributions to preserving Oregon’s notable trees on Wednesday, April 12th, at 2:00 p.m., on the grounds of the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St, in Salem, Oregon.
Ries was a founding member of the Oregon Heritage …

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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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Class of 2017 Heritage Trees have “arrived”

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is pleased to announce the Class of 2017 Heritage Trees.  This year, three groves of significant Oregon trees will be honored. Two groves located in Central Oregon are slated to be recognized during a ceremony in July, while a collection of state trees near Portland will be honored on their 50th anniversary in late August.
The Huntington Wagon Road Junipers and the A.M. Drake Homestead Ponderosa …

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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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