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A Call for RFP: Oregon Trail Interpretive Project

Posted on: July 13th, 2021 in News & Press |

The Travel Information Council (TIC), is issuing this Request for Proposal (RFP) for interpretive design and manufacturing services.

Closing Date: August 12, 2021
Download the RFP document here.
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Project Background:
The mass migration over the Oregon Trail was a transformative event in Oregon history, one that forever changed the lives of both the people who migrated here and the people who originated in this land. Telling the full, …

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Mulino Flour Mill

Posted on: June 30th, 2021 in Historical Marker Details |

In 1846, Oregon Trail pioneers Richard Howard (originally from Ohio), his wife Cynthia (of Kentucky), and their six children, staked a 640-acre Donation Land Claim around the oxbow of Milk Creek. That claim led to the founding of Mulino, and provided a livelihood for three generations of the Howard family.
Howard’s Grist Mill
Within a few years of the Howards’ arrival, water-powered industrial development and a successful milling business had transformed the …

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Nuu-k’wii-daa-naa-ye Sitka Spruce

Posted on: June 11th, 2021 in Heritage Tree Details |

This tree, located in Regatta Park in Lincoln City, is a remnant of an ancient coastal forest cared for by indigenous peoples since time immemorial. Oregon industries logged most of these giants at the turn of 20th century, reserving this tree to seed a new forest and witness the development of Lincoln City. In 2018, the community named the tree Nuu-k’wii-daa-naa~-ye’ —“Our Ancestor” in the local Siletz Dee-ni language—to honor …

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Explore More

Posted on: November 23rd, 2020 in Historical Marker Details |

Sightseeing at the mouth of Coos Bay
Whether you are a history buff, a naturalist of a visitor who loves it all, Coos Bay offers something for everyone. Spend the day exploring and you are certain to find something you enjoy!
Crossing the Bar
While the natural harbor of Coos Bay has been a shipping hub since the 1850s, the bar at its entrance was a challenge to navigators, Bar pilot Capt. James …

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Shifting Sands

Posted on: November 23rd, 2020 in Historical Marker Details |

Dunes are an ever-changing landscape
The Coos Bay dune field is one of ten different sand due sheets spreading across half of the Oregon coast.  The Coos Bay dune field, directly across the bay in front of you, is the southern end of a 60-mile-long dunes sheet that runs north to Florence. How and when did these dunes form?
Layers of a Dune “Sandwich”
The Coos Bay dunes consist of layers of ever-changing …

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The Coos People

Posted on: November 23rd, 2020 in Historical Marker Details |

Life comes from the land and water
Here stood the Hanis Coos village of Qaimisiich. Along with their neighbors, the Miluk Coos, the Hanis Coos lived along Coos Bay, south to the Coquille River, and east to the Coast Range.
Very Resourceful
Experts in a sustainable life, the Coos people hunted, fished, and gathered here for many centuries. They traded with other tribes to obtain goods they could not find locally, such as …

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Willamette River Cable Trees

Posted on: April 9th, 2020 in Heritage Tree Details |

For more than a century, loggers used rivers, especially the Willamette, to move millions of board feet in logs. Until ground transport became more economical in the 1970’s, men walked the logs, assembling huge rafts with long pike poles that tug boats pulled down the river. Cables wrapped around the trees along the bank tethered the rafts to shore while they waited for access to mills, sometimes for several months.
This …

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TIC Office Closed to the Public

Posted on: March 24th, 2020 in News & Press |

In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and protect employees and the public, the Travel Information Council central office in Salem will be closed to the public until further notice. 
Staff are still working and can be reached by phone during regular business hours, but in-person interactions between staff and the public will be by appointment only. The central office number is: 503-378- 4508
All TIC-managed …

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Triple Nickles in Pendleton

Posted on: September 10th, 2019 in Historical Marker Details |

In 1943, The African-American 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion was formed. The “Triple Nickles” -as they spelled it- were the first black paratroopers in the segregated US Army during World War II.
In 1944- 1945, Japan launched incendiary balloon bombs across the Pacific to set US west coast forests ablaze and cause civilian panic. In May 1945, the military ordered the 555th on a classified mission, “Operation Firefly,” to counter this threat, …

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The Electric Highway- vehicle charging locations

Posted on: May 2nd, 2019 in News & Press |


Planning a trip with your electric vehicle? Curious about where to find charging stations?
Plugshare has an interactive map of locations all over the world.
To find out what the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is doing to support electric vehicle infrastructure here.

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