OTE - Oregon Travel Experience

TIC is Hiring! Multiple Positions Available

Posted on: March 23rd, 2022 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?

Here is a list of all of our current open recruitments:

Rest Area Speicalist – Midland/ Beaver Marsh Rest Area Locations Rest Area Specialist …

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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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Historic Marker Dedication on July 23rd- Shipley Family Homestead

Posted on: June 23rd, 2022 in News & Press |

Join us on Saturday, July 23rd at 11 a.m. in Newton Creek Park, Philomath, Oregon at the intersection of Newton & James Streets to dedicate the Shipley Family Homestead Historical Marker.

The program includes remarks by local dignitaries and representatives from the Linn Benton County NAACP, Oregon Black Pioneers, and Oregon Travel Information Council, as well as a special musical performance by vocalist Marilyn Keller. All are welcome. Attendees are …

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2022 Deep Roots Available Now!

Posted on: May 18th, 2022 in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

While a lot of the events and projects were put on hold for most of the past two years the Historical Markers and Heritage Tree programs have been hard at work still looking for interesting and diverse stories of Oregon’s history to tell. It was quite a task to try and condense all of the amazing work being done by these committees and community volunteers into four pages, but we …

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Smith Farm Walnut

Posted on: May 4th, 2022 in Heritage Tree Details |

Tree Info:

Age: 157

Height: approx. 120′

Circumference: 14′ 8″

Average Crown Spread: approx. 140′

The walnut tree at the entrance to the historic George W. Smith Farm on S. Coos River Road in Coos Bay, Oregon, was originally planted by William D.L.F. Smith in 1865. Smith included the walnut in a grouping of four trees along with Chinese Chestnuts when the farmhouse was built. This tree has been an important community landmark for generations. …

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PSU Copper Beech

Posted on: May 4th, 2022 in Heritage Tree Details |

Tree Facts:

Age: 125+

Date planted: Around 1890

Circumference: Approximately 19 ft

Height: Approximately 84 ft

Crown spread: Approximately 84 ft

When you walk down the campus of Portland State University (PSU), it’s hard not to notice the lone beech tree surrounded by the sides of the Millar Library. This tree has witnessed a lot of life in its 100+ year life span. The PSU Copper Beech was planted in the early 1890s at the home …

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Williamson-Abbot Expedition Ponderosa

Posted on: May 2nd, 2022 in Heritage Tree Details |

Whispering Pines Horse Camp – Tree locaiton

In the 1850s, at the request of Congress, several expeditions were launched to survey possible railway routes to connect the Pacific Ocean with the Mississippi River. Under this directive, then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis (later president of the Confederacy), charged Lieutenants Robert Stockton Williamson and Henry Larcom Abbot with surveying a possible route between Fort Reading, California, and Portland, Oregon, either through …

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Newly Completed Williamson-Abbot Heritage Tree Video now available!

Posted on: March 11th, 2022 in News & Press |

Heritage Tree Committee member David Hedberg has completed another great video about the newly inducted Williamson-Abbot Tree located in Whispering Horse Camp in the Deschutes National Forest. He worked in collaboration with the forest service and Dr. David Lewis to tell the complex story that made this tree notable.

TIC and the Heritage Tree Committee are very excited to be able to share this story and the excellent work done …

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Stein-Boozier Walnut Orchard

Posted on: August 2nd, 2021 in Heritage Tree Details |


Stein-Boozier Orchard

Stein-Boozier Barn

Stein-Boozier Orchard

Nut drying shed

This remnant English walnut orchard is an example of the thousands of acres of walnuts planted in western Oregon in the early 20th century when walnuts were heavily promoted as the perfect crop for high returns. However, wet fall weather and late harvests meant California was more competitive for holiday markets. After the 1962 Columbus Day Storm toppled many of the trees, walnuts never recovered, …

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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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