The state of Oregon has a rich and varied history. Do you know of a roadside spot with a fascinating geologic or human history?
Persons who have been dead for a length of time, generally at least 50 years in order for their ideas, services and/or accomplishments to be placed in accurate historical perspective. There must be a place in Oregon where they:
Events which took place within Oregon, generally at least 50 years ago, which are mentioned in at least one authoritative historical work and were:
Geologic features, which are generally within one mile of the marker site and/or are visible from the site, and are:
We have a two-step application process for new historical markers. You will need to fill out a pre-application and, upon approval, a full application for your marker. The pre-application is found below, in the Technical Resources section.
We encourage marker nomination, so feel free to complete the pre-application and return it to us at any time throughout the year.
Pre-nomination forms Download the Oregon Historical Marker Pre-Application in PDF format that may be printed and completed by hand, or in Word format, that can be filled in on your personal computer and then printed. Printed and completed applications should be mailed to: OTE Historical Marker Program, Suite 150, 1500 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97302. You may also email a filled-in form (requires Adobe Pro software on your computer) back to the office.
If you have questions, you can always find a real live person at our toll free number, from 7:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 1-800-574-9397.
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