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Pendleton group helps nudge history forward

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

Pendleton Marker Celebration

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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Rest Area Rules

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

New containers working great at Santiam rest area

Learn what’s possible and what’s not

Oregon’s public rest area system has a lengthy history of welcoming travelers and providing safe clean facilities for motorists to refresh. At OTE managed rest areas, dedicated employees provide a range of services. From helping families find lost keys and pets to ensuring that the grounds are free from obstructions and hazards, our specialists are present during peak travel hours, seven days per week and …

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Grove of the States Restoration Project

Posted on: September 1st, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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What is this project about?

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 General Robert Thornton in the mid-1960s as a way …

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Labor Day weekend travel caution

Posted on: August 20th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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During the holiday weekend, September 2-5, 2016, Oregon State Police (OSP) will increase patrols on state highways to ensure motorists in Oregon have safer travels. Despite those efforts, the public is asked to prepare for their long weekend road trips. Plan ahead where to stop and refresh. Use our rest area location page to find out more about Oregon rest areas. Reduce the risks of crashes by agreeing to set …

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Grove of the States Sponsorships

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in Newsletter | No Comments

Become a friend of the Grove of the States! Sponsorships opportunities start at a modest price for individual trees and advance up the ladder for Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels. The sponsor program enables individuals, non-profits, and commercial businesses to contribute to the restoration of the Grove.
Depending on the level you choose, your business name will be seen by millions of travelers on new signs. Over two million travelers stop …

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Surge in Oregon road travel equals new business

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Summer is officially here—and much like turning a page on the calendar, Oregonians turn their thoughts towards outdoor activities. Many of these prospective vacationers will plan road trips far in advance—performing online research and outlining the perfect route to their chosen destinations. They’ll schedule stopping points for meals and driving breaks, and collect travel brochures and other tourism publications that invite them to explore nearby points of interest.
The Portland Tribune …

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Summer travels and Oregon rest areas

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | 4 Comments

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Gear up for fun on Oregon roadways

With the 2016 Memorial Day holiday behind us, vacation season begins in earnest—and graduation parties and BBQs will be here before you know it. However, summer’s crowded highways are sure to test everyone’s patience.
We thought it might be easier to plan your Oregon road-trip if you know what our most common rest area amenities are and what to look for when you stop. You’ll …

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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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Arrive alive this Memorial Day

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Memorial Day signals the start of many summer vacations and road trips. Whether you’re planning to hitch up your boat or load up the trail bikes and tents, you and millions of others will head out onto Oregon roadways this Friday. As part of your holiday experience, we want you to stay safe, and recognize when it would be a good time to stop and take a brief nap or …

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Local honey-makers land in rest area

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Swarm of bees captures attention

Southern Oregon is no stranger to honeybee shortages. According to a University of Maryland study, beekeepers across the nation lost more than 40% of their colonies in 2015, and Oregon suffered an approximate 20% domestic colony loss over the study’s one year span. In addition to domestic honey production colony disorders, wild honeybee populations are declining across 2016. According to a University of Vermont national wild …

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