This is the back of a building. A blue building. The back of it. I think I mentioned that. Yeah. So… building. I like it. The building itself is rather old, dating back to 1912, according to a date written on one of the corners of the structure. The front of the place faces 3rd Ave., in the historic section of downtown.
The old museum on 3rd Ave. is now Stayton’s courthouse. It opened last month, but I wasn’t able to attend the opening. So, here’s a photo of the outside, which looks a lot like how it looked when it was still the Santiam Historical Museum.
Speaking of the museum, it’s still looking for a new home. I really hope it finds one soon, as I think preserving bits of our past is needed.
It occurred to me yesterday I hadn’t swung by the old schoolhouse on 1st Ave. (behind a business or two, by the courthouse) in quite some time, so I figured I’d head over there to get a picture. I was quite surprised when I saw it, as it’s been painted and there’s a business in it now.
It appears the last time I posted a photo of it was in 2008, and that photo is… well, not good. I was in a weird green phase, apparently, and the result is unfortunate. Anyway, somewhere I have a bit of history on this building, but I can’t seem to find it at the moment. It’s been in that location for several decades, but I believe it used to live somewhere else.
I’m glad it’s being used, though I can’t say I’m a fan of the red. I liked the old color (white, or something close to it), but that might be because it’s the way my mind sees it after so long of it being that color.
Does anyone know what’s up with the building on Ida St., near where it crosses 3rd Ave.? At one point it was the Food Bank before it moved to its present location on 2nd Ave. It’s received a nice paint job, but I don’t know if something is in there now or if there are plans to use it. I believe it’s still owned by the City, and is pretty small inside.
A handful of months ago, it was announced the building on 2nd Ave., which is owned by the City, that had held the Santiam Historical Museum was going to be renovated to house a new courthouse. It appears the remodeling has begin, if the framing on the porch is any indication.
As of right now, the museum doesn’t have a new home, but I hope that changes very soon. I took pictures there a few times (see the various photos here), and it was always nice to see the bits the area’s past.
I’ve posted photos of these buildings before. I’m pretty sure I’ve posted photos of pretty much everything in Stayton before. This daily photo blog is nearing it’s 8th birthday, after all. That’s a lot of photos. Anyway, these metal buildings are old… I think the one on the left used to be a grain silo. I really should have tried to learn about them, but I forget to try to find someone who knows these things before I post stuff. I’m just smart like that.
Yesterday I popped by the Santiam Historical Museum on 2nd Ave. to see their latest additions and to take some pictures. Volunteers Susan and our very own guest photographer Terri Jo Adams were there and were very helpful and offered up stories about the various items and told me of upcoming events. Next week they’ll have a display from the local Daughters of the American Revolution, which should be fun to see.
Click on the photos below to see some of the various items currently on display. I had to promise not to get Susan and Terri Jo in the photos, so I stuck strictly to the displays.
UPDATE! The museum now has a Facebook page! Head on over there and give it a like, if you’re so inclined. Thanks for the info, Terri Jo Adams.
Continuing guest photographer Tom Miller’s effort to brings us some knowledge along with his photos, we have today’s lesson:
I’ve driven by this old building probably a hundred times thinking it looks like a little old school house. Well this time I peeked around inside and noticed it had old tongue and groove floor installed, which was not used in many barns.
So I stopped and talked to an older couple that lives near by, and she informed me that it was the old Oak Glenn School House and she went to school there for eight years. I also asked about the old abandoned homestead (A Place To Call Home) just down the road (Fern Ridge Road) from them, and she told me its the old Glenn Taylor homestead.
Thanks, Tom! I always feel like I know the area a bit better each time you send information like this along.
Be sure to click on the photo in the upper right for another view of the school.