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2016 Deep Roots Heritage Newsletter

Posted on: March 18th, 2016 in News & Press |

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 …

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Online payment option for sign customers

Posted on: January 20th, 2016 in News & Press |

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.*

A legacy of roadside beauty

Posted on: November 15th, 2015 in News & Press | 2 Comments

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 …

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OTIC Special Meeting

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 in News & Press |

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.

Salemtowne Volunteer Craftsmen Maintain Oregon Historical Markers

Posted on: October 28th, 2015 in News & Press |

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 …

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Finding your way on the Interstate

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 in News & Press |

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 …

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An old friend hosts heritage lovers

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 in News & Press |

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 …

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OTE Staff Install Tourist Oriented Directional Signs

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 in News & Press |

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 …

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Pendleton group helps nudge history forward

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 in News & Press |

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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The heritage of a farm’s trees

Posted on: July 23rd, 2015 in News & Press |

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 …

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