History

Fort Vancouver, Washington

Fort Vancouver, Washington

The immense stockade wall that forms the perimeter of Fort Vancouver is much larger than it looks as you drive by on nearby Highway 14.  Take the time to stop and wander around the exterior grounds. There is much to see for free on the Fort site including the old… Read More

Historic Aurora Colony

Historic Aurora Colony

The little town of Aurora fully embraces the past. Founded by pioneers who traveled across the continent along the Oregon Trail to create their own version of a utopian society in the new open countryside of the Oregon Territory. The town feels like a living history museum, but it is… Read More

Ghost Signs – Historic Backdrops Around the Northwest

Vintage advertisements fading gracefully on old brick buildings make for a great photo backdrop. Also known as “ghost signs,” they are ghostly remnants of early billboards painted directly onto old buildings. A relic of the past, they are fading quickly. While the signs may no longer entice you to come… Read More

Historic Cemeteries in Oregon

Historic Cemeteries in Oregon

October is historic cemeteries month. The combination of Halloween, foggy mornings, and falling leaves all create a mood perfect to visit one of the Northwest’s historic cemeteries. Full of atmosphere, take an early morning walk on a gray foggy day or perhaps you’d enjoy a crisp, sunny afternoon with leaves… Read More

7 Historic Places to Visit in Downtown Salem, Oregon

The beautiful downtown historic district of Salem offers a chance to see much of Oregon’s history in one walkable district.   Oregon’s history may not date back centuries as the towns in old Europe, but the more “recent” history of the State of Oregon offers a more cohesive feel –… Read More

Discover: Butteville, OR

Pronounced “B-YOOT-vill” some might think it is a form of “Beautiful” which wouldn’t be a bad guess, as the area surely is beautiful. The town’s name is actually a form of the French word for “hill” which is “butte” as it was settled on the top of a rocky outcrop… Read More