Cottage Grove

Alas Slabtown, where art thou?

SLABTOWN SURVIVOR, CAMPBELL CHRISMAN’S HOUSE BUILT CIRCA 1873. Photo provided/Dana Merryday When you think of a ghost town usually it conjures up dusty, bleached out buildings with flapping doors and maybe some tumbleweeds blowing through. Cottage Grove has a sort of ghost town that looks nothing like that. Our ghost[Read More…]

Happy birthday, Opal

OPAL WHITELEY Photo provided Opal Whiteley looms large in Cottage Grove – namely about 18 feet tall – smiling down from the newly restored mural in the Opal Whiteley Park on Main Street. She is one of the area’s most interesting and mysterious former inhabitants, and there is a birthday[Read More…]

Cerro Gordo – Vision & Reality

CHRIS CANFIELD AND FOLLOWERS GATHER ON CERRO GORDO WITH A MODEL OF THEIR COMMUNITY. Photo provided/Dana Merryday There seems to be some doubt as to exactly how the highest butte in these parts got the Spanish name ”Cerro Gordo.” The mountain is clearly visible from Main Street in downtown Cottage[Read More…]

Local is where it’s at

THE SOUTH VALLEY FARMERS HAVE MOVED THEIR MARKET INDOORS INTO THE COTTAGE GROVE ARMORY AND WILL BE OPEN EACH SATURDAY UNTIL DEC. 22. PHOTO PROVIDED/DANA MERRYDAY I am pretty sure you have seen signs or heard it said: Shop local. Well this holiday season, I would like to encourage you[Read More…]

Warm hearts, warm beds

BEDS FOR FREEZING NIGHTS WARMING SHELTER IN COTTAGE GROVE. Photo provided If you are lucky enough to have a warm dry place to live, it is probably easy to forget that there are folks who have it pretty rough when the mercury drops and the rains set in. Ten years[Read More…]

The trains are in town

JIM DAVENPORT OVERSEES HIS WORLD. Photo Provided On entering the Cottage Grove Armory, the magic sound of wheels on track of model trains was intoxicating. The timbre is so familiar, having trains regularly passing through the Grove, yet diminutive. Another thing that arrests your attention is the excited kids, who[Read More…]

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