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A Wedding in Dorena

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This photo from a 1917 wedding in Dorena is from the Oregon State Special Collection. No clue as to the identity of these women but the photographer may have been A.L. Monroe of Cottage Grove.

 

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Dorena Wildflower Census

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A wildflower walk on the first day of summer led us to the aptly named Farewell-to-Spring.  These beauties can be found in sunny meadows like those at Bake Stewart Park.

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More Cute Row River Valley Kids of Yore

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Another cute kid photo. This one comes from Kevin Violette. He says “These are all Violette family children. This is a family photo of my dad’s siblings and cousins taken in the 1930s in the Culp Creek area.. From left to right — Donald, Helen, Nancy, Marilyn, Frances, Jim, Carol and Vera Lee Violette. Jim (my father) and Frances were the children of Robert and Jean Champie Violette; Donald and Helen the children of Glenn and Florene Violette…the others are Violettes, but I’m not sure whose!”

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Adorable little Ava Lee Bales of Rat Creek Rd in 1942

 

17352025_1653576148279826_1358767128826531403_n  Some kids from the town of Wildwood with their Moms in 1911. Yes, the town of Wildwood was near Wildwood Falls on Lower Brice Creek Rd.

 

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The kids of Dorena School in 1917. Love the spiffy knickerbockers and suspenders on the boy in the front row!

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Another Rujada photo.

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We just received a copy of this old photo of Rujada.  Back in the old days, the railroad tracks ended there. Rujada survives today as a beautiful park with campsites and some nice hiking trails up the creek and through the woods.

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A New Picture of Old Dorena

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I saw this postcard of Old Dorena on EBay. It shows the Dorena Store (the white building in the center) and a cool, old water tower. This photo dates from circa 1910, give or take a few years.

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The Blue Goose

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The Cottage Grove Historical Museum has this copy of the Bohemia Lumber Company Newsletter about the first trip of the Blue Goose Excursion Train.  The Goose started its run in 1971 on tracks owned by Bohemia.

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Pages 5 and 6 of the newsletter give lots of info about the train.  The Goose stopped running in the late 1980′s as it was no longer profitable to maintain the track. The BLM converted the tracks to a paved walking/bike path that is still in use.

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Winter Barn

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The Wicks Barn on Row River Rd near Rocky Point on a snowy day.  Joseph and Ida May Wicks and their six children settled here in 1894. The barn was built circa 1900. An old blacksmiths forge from the barn is on display at the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum at 308 S 10th St, Cottage Grove.

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Punjabi Railroad Workers on the Row River

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This photo shows a group of Sikh workers building the railroad in the Row River Valley in 1909.

In the early 1900′s there were about 2,000 Sikhs from Punjab, India living and working in the Pacific Northwest, many on the railroads.

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Currin Bridge Train Wreck 1909

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Back in 1909 there was a train wreck on the Currin Railroad Bridge next to the present day Dorena Grange.  As you can see from the picture, the engine made it across the bridge before the collapse, but the passenger cars did not.  17 people were injured but fortunately there were no fatalities.

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Back to School on Cerro Gordo

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The Doolittle School was located on the Doolittle Family homestead on Cerro Gordo.  The School was built in 1904 and closed in 1917.It was attended by the Doolittle kids and their neighbors, a rowdy bunch by the looks of it.

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