Dorena Historical Society

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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Timber Family Portrait

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While searching for photos from the Row River Valley I often find old timber scenes and old family portraits, but this is a rare combination of the two.  This is the Row River Lumber Company in 1909. They were located where Vaughn Creek meets the Row River.  The company was owned by Albert Stocks and Carrol Harlow and perhaps it is the family of one or the other shown in this photo.

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The Hotels of the Bohemia Mining District

There were some hotels in the Bohemia Mining District to serve the many people who traveled to and from the mines for work, business or just to gawk.

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The lovely Painted Post Ranch on Sharps Creek Road was often the first stop on the long trip to the mines.  They offered food, lodging and fresh horses for the wagons going up to the mines.

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The hotel at Lundpark was a popular jumping off point for the trip to the mines.

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The hotel at the Vesuvius Mine also housed the Bohemia Post Office.

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This 3 story hotel served the Champion Mine. None of these hotels were fancy.  They were put up quickly with local lumber.  There were no formal dining rooms or linen tablecloths, just rough-hewn common tables and simple but filling food. Sadly, none of these buildings have survived.

 

 

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Culp Creek School in the 1930’s

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Katie Kirk shared this great old photo taken at Culp Creek School. On the back is written “Betty Earnshaw, Reta, Rita, Charles, ?, and Mr Roth”. Reta was Katie’s mom and Rita her mom’s twin ( Shields) She guesses the date at 1935 to 1938.

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May Day 1948

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The May Queen and her Court at Dorena School on the first day of May in 1948. The new Dorena School was just two years old when this photograph was taken.

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