As I was going through the parking lot by an agriculture-oriented store, I spotted the above. The manlift in the photo looks like it was placed there to make sure the clouds don’t fall. They did, anyway, in the form of a bit of rain, which made the plants in my yard happy. And if they’re happy, I’m happy… especially since I’ve kind of been forgetting to water them.
I thought I’d throw in one more photo from the festival before we moved on to other things. Today’s photo is of a “mountain man” who demonstrated what it was like to live off the land. It was his mules featured in yesterday’s photo.
The man, Tom Marquette, definitely looked the part. Looking at him, with his grizzled beard, old fashioned clothes, etc., was like looking at another time. His setup was right across from a man doing wood carving, and another making arrowheads out of obsidian.
There’s just something rather nifty about going to something like this. That, of course, is the great food you can get (like the grilled brown sugar chicken I had), but the other stuff is good, too.
Here we have another photo taken at the 5th annual Oregon Covered Bridge Festival, which wrapped up yesterday. These two mules were part of a “mountain man” display, with old fashioned gear, tent, pelts, etc.
The mules’ mother, a Belgian draft horse, was also there, but didn’t seem inclined to pose for the camera — you can see just a bit of her in the background of the photo.
I’ve uploaded more photos to my Flickr photo set of the event, if you’re interested. There you’ll find classic car photos (including a nifty Amphicar, which can go on water) and a miniature horse buggy, plus the photos I posted yesterday. Those include Harley Davidson motorcycles, birds of prey, a mountain man, etc.
This weekend is the Oregon Covered Bridge Festival at Pioneer Park in Stayton, put on by the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon. People come from all over to visit the park’s own Stayton-Jordan Bridge, take a covered bridge bus tour, learn more about the history of Oregon’s covered bridges, and so on. The photo above shows an antique Dodge sitting in front of Stayton-Jordan Bridge.
There were facts about covered bridges posted throughout the festival, so I thought I’d share.
- Oregon once had 600 covered bridge, and now only 51 remain
- As late as 1959, Linn County, Oregon, had 15 covered bridges. Today there are only eight.
- The Stayton-Jordan Bridge weighs 160,000 pounds (72,727 kilograms).
- The longest covered bridge is 1,242 feet (378 meters) long in Hartland, New Brunswick.
I’ll be featuring another photo from the festival tomorrow. In the meantime, check out the Flickr photo set I’ve made of the event.
Yet another new home is currently under construction in Stayton. This one has me particularly sad because it’s being built where a wooded lot used to be. When I was a kid, a lot of us neighborhood kids would play there in our own little forest. At one point, some of the kids built a nifty dirt bike track going down the hill.
Two or three other houses had already gone into the lot, and this house will completely fill up the area. Things change, I suppose. At least a few of the trees have been kept. And it looks like it’s going to be a nice house.
I hope they plant more trees. And bushes. And flowers. Anything green is good in my book.
Here’s the promised photo of a nifty tombstone I mentioned yesterday. This stone, located at Lone Oak Cemetery in Stayton, is a Woodmen of the World marker, and looks remarkably like a real tree. Wikipedia says, “One of the most enduring physical legacies of the organization may be the number of distinctive headstones erected in the shape of a tree stump.” [click here for more]
The person or persons who created this particular one were certainly talented, bringing all kinds of details and colors to it which I find remarkable, especially considering it’s a century old (death date is either 1906 or 1908).
A nifty wrought iron arch and stair railings mark the entrance to Lone Oak Cemetery on the corner of 3rd Ave. and Fern Ridge Rd. From what I’ve gathered, the cemetery was started in the late 1800′s by a fellow named George Duncan, along with the local Oddfellows and Masonic Lodges (source: Rootsweb.com).
There are actually two cemeteries right next to each other. On one side is Lone Oak, and the other is St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. It has its own entrance, and one of these days I’ll take a picture of it, too. Be sure to watch for that exciting event.
Tomorrow I’ll post a photo of a rather unique marker in Lone Oak. I love it, and I hope you will, too.
It’s not every day one drives by a house and sees a giant fake cow in a yard. It might be made of paper mache, but I’m not sure. I couldn’t remember having seen it before, but then it came to me — it was used in the 4th of July parade this year. And now it’s sitting in someone’s backyard.
Here’s a photo of this fetching creature from the parade, all dolled up in a lovely hat with flowers.
It’s good to know the big girl found a home after her day of glory. It mooooooved me to see it. In fact, I was udderly delighted, and that’s no bull. She looks rather cuddly, don’t you think?
Sorry. When it comes to puns, I tend to milk them for all they’re worth.
These train tracks come into the town from the west and run through the industrial section of town before ending at the cannery. Residential houses and apartments have gone in right by the tracks where this photo was taken, W. Locust St. It doesn’t afford the best view, but with the way the town is growing, I’m surprised houses haven’t gone in on the tracks themselves.
Today is a big day on this here blog. I’ve decided to change the name of the blog to focus on one town in particular, instead of the entire Willamette Valley. I think this more accurately reflects how the blog has been going. I’ll still throw in photos of nearby towns (feel free to submit any and all!), so fear not.
That all means we have a new URL for the blog — StaytonDailyPhoto.com. Bookmark it, add it to your social networking sites, write on a Post-It Note, scrawl it on the back of your hand, tattoo it on your forehead… whatever ya gotta do. The old URL will still work, but the new one is shorter, snappier, and all around spiffier.
My original plan was to be able to travel to more places in the valley in order to photograph it, but that didn’t work out as planned. C’est la vie.
So welcome to the brand new but not really new Stayton Daily Photo. And to celebrate, I’ve created a mosaic of my first 100 photos posted (this excludes visitor submissions), in no particular order. I hope you enjoy the look back.