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Junction City was incorporated as a town on October 29, 1872 by an act of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. One of the first contracts let by the city was awarded May, 1873 to Thomas Humphrey to build a city jail which was completed at a cost of $8…
On this knoll stood Ebenezer School-
house, built in 1850. The first school
in the historic Belknap settlement, it was
also used for Methodist Sunday school
and class meetings.
In 1854, the second Methodist Conference
on the West Coast was…
This variable pitch water wheel was installed in the Long Tom River in 1906 to power the grain & flour machinery at the Adam Wilhelm Flour Mill. It also powered an electric generator that was later installed to provide electricity to the mill & th…
In June 1846 Jesse Applegate, Levi Smith and 11 other men left their homes near Dallas Oregon to develop a southern route from Fort Hall (Idaho) to the Willamette Valley. Their route passed through the gap west of Pigeon Butte, then proceeded sout…
On May 11, 1861 Reuben and Mary Jane
Holmes Shipley, former negro slaves,
deeded from their farm purchased from
Charles Bales' donation land claim, the
original plot for this cemetery.
Buried in Lot 10 are Reuben Shipley, Mary
Jane Shipley …
The Incubator House and Poultry Building stood at 26th and Jefferson on the OAC (Oregon Agricultural College, now OSU) campus until 1927, where they formed the headquarters of the Department of Poultry Husbandry.
The Incubator House was the Pou…
The first steamboat to reach Corvallis was the sidewheeler Canemah in October of 1851. With this arrival, Corvallis joined Oregon's steamboat era, with tis stories of risk, profit, rivalries, mergers, heroics, innovation and disasters.
The banks of the Willamette River were the focus of early town development. The town plat for Marysville was files on February on February 25, 1851, by Joseph C. Avery, using a portion of his land claim of 1845. The town included property from the…
The Van Buren Street Bridge is Oregon's only remaining example of a movable bridge built using the rare pin-connected truss technology. The use of pins, or bolts, connecting each truss point allowed the bridge to be easily assembled on site after …
The Benton County State Bank building was dedicated on July 25, 1907. The bank, built on the ruins of a burned saloon, was representative of a period of growth and prosperity in Corvallis at the beginning of the 20th century.