Jerry and Lindsay 2012 travel blog

This brought BIG smiles to our faces!

The first mural encountered.

Featuring "Bobby" the Prodigal Dog - trying to show the very long...

This other very long mural is depicting the Pet Parade

and all these great topiaries were all over the area in front...

Hometown boy - Homer Davenport, famous cartoonist and author, died 1912.

Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" and explanation on the right.

FDR's "Four Freedoms" during WWII.

L: Freedom of Worship; R: Freedom From Wants

L: Freedom from Fear; R: Freedom of Speech

Showing Silverton's Lumber Company

The world's largest camera

Spied this cute little covered bridge near one of the murals while...

Progress of the Twentieth Century

"Return to the Day"

Showing the heydey of Silverton Red Sox, 1937-1954!

The town's established around the Oregon White Oak - first time we've...

Arabians were brought to the area by Homer Davenport.

Located in the Town Square Park near the Silver River.

Hometown boy - Donald Pettit - newest mural in town.

Signifying the pioneers coming to the area in the 1800s.

Just liked this stained glass like it was in a water or...

Reminded us of the fields and fields of hops we always saw...

Checking Jerry out to see if he's going to pick up the...

As indicated in yesterday’s post, the weather is definitely taking a turn for the better for us and the entire week ahead is showing some sunshine and wonderful temps. After being pretty much house-bound since our arrival, we thought we’d head out and explore more of this part of Oregon. We opted to NOT visit the coast this week due to the holiday and folks being on vacation and probably pretty crowded!

Today’s trip took us approximately twelve miles east of where we are staying to the Garden City of Oregon; Silverton! This small little town is located in the foothills of the Cascades within the Willamette (pronounced Will-AM-it) Valley. Our excursion today was to see all the murals in town. We’ll return to go to the Oregon Garden in town as well as to visit Silver Falls State Park and hopefully walk the “Trail of Ten Falls” when we do.

The town was established in 1854 and unlike many of the other communities founded in the same time period set up on a north-south grid, Silverton’s founder, Polly Coon Price, planned the town around a large Oregon White Oak tree, locating the town square around it. She named the town Silverton after Silver Creek which flowed approximately two hundred yards to the west of the oak. The tree was a meeting spot along the Santiam Trail for the local Native Americans. Unfortunately, this tree no longer exists, but there is a mural commemorating its existence in town. Silverton is also considered a bedroom community of nearby Salem.

Armed with our trusty map obtained from The Silverton Mural Society (on-line), we began our explorations. Local artists paint Silverton one wall at a time. People come from all over the Pacific Northwest to see Silverton’s larger-than-life art. It started in the early 1990s when local artist David McDonald painted Norman Rockwell’s famous “Four Freedoms”. More wall murals followed, including native son Homer Davenport, the Old Oak Tree, Silverton vintage baseball teams and we even happened upon one not listed in their literature commemorating home town hero, Donald Pettit, one of our nations’ astronauts.

We thoroughly enjoyed our outing and discovering some of the sights around this quaint little town. Lots of darling shops, cafes and antique stores lined the streets within the history district.

Till the next time . . .

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