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TIC Careers and Employment

Posted on: February 17th, 2023 in News & Press |

The Travel Information Council is hiring for multiple positions, in multiple locations around the state of Oregon. Are you seeking an opportunity to shape the quality and features of Oregon’s Highway Rest Areas to tangibly improve the experience for the millions of travelers who use them each year?


Everything is coming up roses at French Prairie Rest Area.

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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Jesse Applegate

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 in Historical Marker Details |

Up the hill behind this marker was the home of Jesse Applegate, a captain of the first major wagon train to Oregon in 1843, traveling from Missouri with his brothers Lindsay and Charles. Jesse was a major force behind the Provisional Government of 1845, which held Oregon for the United States until admission as a territory in 1848. As a delegate to Oregon’s Constitutional Convention of 1857, he was a vocal opponent to slavery in Oregon. Jesse also …

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Heritage Tree Dedication in the News

Posted on: May 2nd, 2024 in News & Press |

On Arbor Day 2024, the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee dedicated the Moyer House Linden/Wisteria with Linn County Parks and Recreation and the Linn County Museum. This is Oregon’s 83rd Heritage Tree and tells the story of the Moyer family’s early settlement and entrepreneurship in the valley. The tree and vine have grown with the community to become a landmark in Brownsville. Watch the story below.

2024 Deep Roots Newsletter

Posted on: April 24th, 2024 in News & Press |

Our heritage programs had another eventful year! We celebrated our long-time Historical Marker volunteers, inducted two new Heritage Trees, recognized four Heritage Tree heroes, and implemented a maintenance plan at Grove of the States.

We couldn’t do this without our dedicated volunteers. Many thanks to the Oregon Historical Marker Committee, the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee, and the Salemtowne Historical Marker Maintenance Crew. All names are credited on page 4. (Contact …

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Moyer House Linden / Wisteria

Posted on: March 29th, 2024 in Heritage Tree Details |

Tillia americana / Wisteria floribunda

This wisteria vine and its companion linden tree, whose “partnership” is a local landmark, were planted in approximately 1881 by Brownsville entrepreneurs John and Elizabeth Moyer. With its distinctive braided trunk, the wisteria relies on the linden tree for support and to vividly display its profuse spring blossoms. It is the success of this long-standing partnership that makes them a unique addition to the Oregon Heritage …

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Northrup Creek Horse Camp Big Tree Trail

Posted on: March 29th, 2024 in Heritage Tree Details |

Grand fir: Abies grandis

The Northrup Creek Horse Camp Big Tree Trail was created in 2012 when the Oregon Department of Forestry identified numerous large conifer and deciduous trees in close proximity to Northrup Creek.  The species include grand fir, western redcedar, Sitka spruce, bigleaf maple, red alder, and bitter cherry.  It is believed that many of these are among the top five largest in the state, with possible state champions …

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West Yaquina Sitka Spruce

Posted on: April 24th, 2023 in Heritage Tree Details |

Picea sitchensis

The West Yaquina Sitka spruce stands at the end of Water Street in the former township of West Yaquina. Colonel T. Egenton Hogg, a San Francisco entrepreneur, had a vision to build tracks from Corvallis to the coast, making a transcontinental railroad. In 1882, Yaquina City was founded as the terminus for Hogg’s railroad. In 1884, West Yaquina was incorporated on the peninsula directly across the bay from Yaquina …

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Eddyville Redwood

Posted on: August 22nd, 2022 in Heritage Tree Details |

Sequoia sempervirens— Commonly known as the “The Giant Tree in Straight-a-Way”

In 1870, Israel Fisk Eddy purchased land that is now Eddyville and built a sawmill and gristmill, using a small dam on the Yaquina River to supply the power. He is known as the founder of Eddyville and is also known for his fondness of trees. According to a local publication, “Eddy had a fine orchard in Eddyville. One man …

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Shipley Family Homestead

Posted on: July 21st, 2022 in Historical Marker Details |

Reuben Shipley was born a slave in Kentucky and emigrated to the Willamette Valley over the Oregon Trail in 1853 with his enslaver, Robert Shipley. In return for accompanying the family to Oregon, Reuben was given his freedom and worked for Eldridge Hartless on a farm south of Corvallis. He saved $1,500 with which he purchased 101 acres of the Charles Bales’ Donation Land Claim.

Mary Jane Holmes was born in …

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Beaver Hill Mine

Posted on: July 21st, 2022 in Historical Marker Details |

Coal was first discovered in Coos County in 1853, and several mines opened before R. A. Graham and J. D. Spreckles and Brother Co. of San Francisco decided to run a spur of their railroad, the Coos Bay, Roseburg and Eastern, to a hill near Beaver Slough. The railroad reached Beaver Hill on August 22, 1894, and construction of houses and a store quickly got underway. The company town prospered …

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