Longview, Washington

January 10, 2011

Longview, Wash. Longview, home of 36,000 people, is not, strictly speaking, small. Still, it has a small town feel that puts it in the company of places like Lakeview, Cottage Grove, and Enterprise.  And like these places, its history is rich, its culture distinctive, and it radiates civic pride.  Also, it is not much visited […]

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Arlington, Oregon

January 6, 2011
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Speeding east on Interstate 84, 50 miles from The Dalles, Arlington slips past in a second, looking from the road like a town that washed down a gully. It’s got two places to eat, a bar, a service station, a grocery and a hardware store. There’s also a branch of Bank of Eastern Oregon, which […]

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Road to Fossil –

December 20, 2010
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I took off for Fossil at 8:30 a.m. The trip takes me back to the beginning.  Ten years ago, I began a monthly column for travel section of The Oregonian. The idea was to visit small towns in the Northwest and write about them as places to spend a weekend and have a great time.  Fossil […]

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It’s Pouring in Toledo

December 13, 2010

Toledo if you’re not aware is seven miles east of Newport, just off Oregon 20. Saturday, they celebrated Hometown Holiday in spite of an expected three or four inches of rain and winds up to 52 mph. Sprits were dampened enough to cancel the annual parade, but they haven’t been extinguished altogether. In Sam Briseno’s sculpture gallery, Frank […]

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November 30, 2010
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Wasco, like most Northwest wheat towns, sits in an oasis of deep green trees that rise from a crinkle of hills. No one would say the town is pretty or even very picturesque despite several handsome structures. It’s got a variety store and a grocery and down the street, there’s a bar-restaurant where waitresses and […]

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Hammond, Oregon

February 13, 2010
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  Hammond on the far coast of northwest Oregon offers glorious views of the mouth of the Columbia River and a tranquil, out-of-the-way atmosphere. But the real reason to visit as a tourist is to experience two ruins from the past:  the wreck of the Peter Iredale and the vast remains of Fort Stevens. Either […]

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Willamina, Oregon

December 16, 2009

Willamina sits at the conjunction of Oregon’s past, present and future. It’s an old timber town, the prototype of towns around the country that get hit hard when mills close and prosper when they open. It’s still thick with the flavor of the mills, and it has  managed to hang on to two or three […]

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