2016 Deep Roots
Dive into Oregon history and heritage—with Oregon Travel Experience’s latest publication, Deep Roots. The annual publication is available free of charge to the public, as long as supplies last.
Deep Roots provides snapshots of Oregon history, culture, and heritage—introducing the reader to a variety of events, people, and geographical wonders. The eight-page print version is produced in black and white, and is styled after an antique newspaper. An online …
We’ve heard our customers speak. Oregon Travel Experience highway business sign (and kiosk) customers may now renew their permit fees online through our safe and secure portal.
The following bank cards will be accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and debit cards displaying those three logos.*
Many Oregonians may not realize that we owe a great deal of our driving pleasure to Lady Bird Johnson. The story behind the 1965 Highway Beautification Act (HBA) and its connection to our scenic roadways and the nation’s former First Lady bears retelling.
Untangling obstructed views
In her role as First Lady during the tenure of her husband President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson’s tireless support for the HBA was one …
The Oregon Travel Information Council (OTIC) will hold a special telephonic meeting on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. The meeting may be joined by telephoning 1-888-273-3658 and using the participant code 394544. Public comment will be accepted following introductions.
Crossing the state to maintain history
Oregon Travel Experience is the state’s official administrator of the Oregon Historical Marker Program. Oregon’s historical markers tout a history all their own—many of the famous Port Orford cedar “Beaver Boards” were built by the Oregon Department of Transportation in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
OTE adopted the program in 1991 and works with a team of dedicated volunteers in preserving the signs for future generations. The …
Clackamas County and OTE travel information partnership – video
As part of their mission to provide access to important travel information, Clackamas County and Oregon Travel Experience teamed up to fully renovate a highly visible rest area information center. OTE’s northbound I-5 French Prairie Rest Area is used by nearly a half million motorists per month; many of whom are new to the area and are actively searching for information about local …
Do any of you recall the Heritage Tree dedication at the Shipley-Cook Farm? Well the farm (also an Oregon Century Farm) recently hosted Restore Oregon’s annual historic barn workshop at the 1862 Shipley-Cook Barn—one of only 18 remaining Pioneer-era barns still standing in the Willamette Valley. The event featured speakers, a tour of restored barns, hands-on training, and sessions on barn construction and rehabilitation.
Check out Clackamas County’s video below, and …
And what exactly you might ask, is a “TOD?” In the highway sign industry, TOD is an acronym for Tourist Oriented Directional—a secondary roadway sign directing travelers to attractions such as wineries or other businesses of interest to leisure travelers. TODs often direct traffic to businesses within a cluster—breweries or cheese tasting rooms, farm restaurants and art galleries—all within a short distance of one another. The business name, number of …
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 …
Oregon Heritage Tree summer gallery
At their 2015 summer meeting, the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee met at the farm of the late Peter McDonald. McDonald was a former long-time tree committee member. His century-old hazelnut farm was the perfect meeting spot for heritage tree lovers. Jill McDonald (McDonald’s wife) invited the committee to meet on the veranda that overlooks the Willamette River from the old farm house.
Committee members were ushered around …