Silverton Journals

Life After Lumber, Silverton Believes

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A travel journal to Silverton by Migin

Silverton, Oregon.  Photo, Silverton, Oregon More Photos
Quote: Once a thriving lumber town, Silverton resurrected itself, focusing on growing things, not harvesting; the temperate rainforest and waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park and the enormously ambitious Oregon Garden. Murals share its past, reintroducing some notable locals like Bobbie the Wonder Dog. Silverton still believes in possibilities.

Life After Lumber, Silverton Believes

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Overview

Silverton, Oregon.  Photo, Silverton, Oregon
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Oregon’s Garden City. Gateway to Silver Falls State Park. Mural Tours. Irises. Bobbie the Wonder Dog. Close to Salem. Close to Mount Angel. Once a thriving lumber town, but Oregon’s lumber industry is often more fabled than real now. Boom days bust. The City of Silverton is a smallish community of about 8,000. A town that small and that near larger urban centers does one of two things nowadays, find something to differentiate itself, make itself stand out, or become a bedroom community. Silverton determined to follow the first route. There was already an ace in the hole. The crown jewel of Oregon State’s Park system, the 8,700-ac...Read More

Water Mountains Restaurant

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Restaurant

Water Mountains Restaurant Photo, Silverton, Oregon
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Water Mountains Restaurant was recommended to us by Darlene, the Gordon House guide at the Oregon Garden. She was very enthusiastic about it so we decided to check it out. Obed Lopez, curious about his customers, asked us where we were from. He’s wondering how we chose his restaurant. He doesn’t know Darlene by name, but by supplementing each other’s description, he knows who we mean. She’s obviously been here more than once. If I’d had serious doubts about her recommendation, I wouldn’t have come, but this conversation with Mr. Lopez indicates it wasn’t an idle recommendation, or one for someone she knew, it was sincere. As it turns out, we agree with her. It’s a smallish building on Water Str...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2004

Water Mountains Restaurant
1397 S Water Street
Silverton, Oregon 97381
503/873-6089

Stone Buddha

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Attraction

Stone Buddha Photo, Silverton, Oregon
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Picture this: block after block of turn-of-the-century (19th to the 20th) architecture. Occasionally a flat-roofed, featureless, steel and concrete, glass-fronted, post-W.W. II building intrudes, a structure obviously replacing something lost to fire or some other unforeseen catastrophe. Then you turn a corner and there’s this amazing storefront. A row of bamboo wind chimes of various sizes and hues; ferns in large celadon-colored, ginger jar-shaped vases; small red and black-lacquered Chinese chests standing cheek by jowl with colorful vases perched atop. This is just the outside of the shop. Through the windows, a treasure trove is visible. The sign reads ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2004

Stone Buddha
216 E Main Street
Silverton, Oregon 97381
(503) 873-0682

Gallon House & Overfield Covered Bridges

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Attraction | "Gallon House & Overfield Covered Bridges"

Gallon House & Overfield Covered Bridges Photo, Silverton, Oregon
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Gallon House Bridge Wet or dry? A town would make a choice. There’s a town to the north, a town to the south, and in between a creek. In 1917, a bridge is built. In the north, it’s wet but not with flood. The south is high and dry. Some living there aren’t happy being parched. They travel north, probably surreptitiously, possibly at night, maybe sneaking. Above the bridge, there’s a place dispensing golden liquid in gallon jugs. Here, the travelers pause to gather supplies before returning home. So they call the bridge Gallon House - a code, a joke, an acknowledgement. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 28, 2004

Gallon House & Overfield Covered Bridges
Gallon House Road, Water Street
Silverton, Oregon

Silver Falls State Park: Lodge Area Photo, Silverton, Oregon
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There are two reasons to go to Silver Falls State Park, the waterfalls, and then there’s everything else. Annually about 750,000 people come to the park for one thing or the other. One Thing Oregon is blessed with many waterfalls. The Columbia River Gorge (My Gorge Journal ), that natural boundary between Oregon and Washington, has the largest concentration of falls in the world. The lushly beautiful northwestern rainforest of Silver Falls, one of the largest State Parks (8,700 acres), has ten falls linked by a single path....Read More
Bobbie: The Prodigal Dog Photo, Silverton, Oregon
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[Related locations that can be visited follow this story.] Mid-August and he’s in Wolcott, Indiana. His curiosity brought three of them upon him, angry and snarling. He flees the sudden violence hoping for an intervention that never comes. Later, he can’t find the rest of his group and realizes he’s lost. He thinks maybe he hears a signal, but he’s disoriented and can’t find the direction. Days pass and he’s still alone, lonely, and unsure of who to trust. He’s managed as best he could, taking help when offered. Some are caring, some just curious. He may not know where they are now but he knows where they will be at the end. He moves, knowing eventually he can make it there too. He jus...Read More
The Mammoth Camera by David McDonald Photo, Silverton, Oregon
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It was a mural that started the whole thing. That was 1992, trickle-down economics had trickled out, the cupboard was bare. Wondering how to get people on their way to Silver Falls State Park or to Mt Angel to stop in Silverton instead of just driving through, they had the idea -- start small, give them something to look at, not requiring much time commitment, quick and easy, just get them to stop. So they had a mural painted. Look at our mural, they said. And people did. It was quick, it was easy. Some of those people looked around and decided to explore. Let’s do lunch. Aha, it worked. Quick, paint another one. Hey, all you who looked at the mural, we’ve got another one. Come on back over. Peo...Read More

Growing and Spreading: The Oregon Garden

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Story/Tip

Oregon Garden Location Maps & Amenities Photo, Silverton, Oregon
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Oregon Garden Growing from an idea born in the 1940s to open as a 70-acre garden in 2001 (it will expand to 240-acres over the next decade) the current 80-acre Oregon Garden, divided into 20-plus specialty gardens, showcases various plants and plantings. In total there are 3,000 varieties of plants now in the garden. Some Features and Amenities of Interest --Interspersed are water features, fountains of various types, pools, ponds, waterfalls, streams, and a wetland. An example: the Sensory Garden contains an 8-foot high water curtain, a fountain of downward jets spaced maybe a foot apart along a simple cu...Read More

Frank Lloyd Wright The Gordon House

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Attraction | "Frank Lloyd Wright at the Oregon Garden: Gordon House"

Frank Lloyd Wright The Gordon House Photo, Silverton, Oregon
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First a caveat: you must purchase entrance to the (currently) 80 acre Oregon Garden to get admittance to the Gordon House (Oregon Garden Guide to the Gordon House), with several tour options to choose from. Oregon Garden Admission May to October- $8 Adults, $7 Seniors (60+), $6 Students (8-17) September to April - $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $4 Students --- Free --- Under 7 and Members (Detailed info on ...Read More

Frank Lloyd Wright The Gordon House

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