Offbeat Oregon History No. 621

Bloody 1925 prison break ended badly for everyone involved It was a typical balmy August evening at the Oregon State Penitentiary. The bell had rung for supper, so inmates were streaming out of their cells and heading toward the dining hall for the evening meal, as they always did. But[Read More…]

Running history finds home at Dorris Ranch

SPRINGFIELD — When you see someone do the impossible, everything becomes possible.  That’s what former olympian Ben Blankenship hopes to bring to sustainability – and Springfield, too.  Blankenship is the founder of Endless Mileage, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable environments and programming that inspires the next generation of[Read More…]

Rehabilitation continues for Creswell’s ‘Old Schoolhouse’

PHOTO PROVIDED/ CRESWELL HERITAGE FOUNDATION – Creswell’s Old Schoolhouse. In 2007, Creswell residents Marge Williamson and Carol Campbell undertook to have Creswell’s old schoolhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The building had just been vacated because the volunteer library that occupied it since 1927 moved to a[Read More…]