The City of Cottage Grove turned 131-years-old on February 11! We live in a unique community with an interesting and colorful history. Beginning in the 1850s, white settlers using the Oregon Trail, arrived and established a small frontier village among the local Kalapuya Indians. The discovery of gold in 1858, in the Cascade foothills southeast of town, soon swelled the town with fortune seekers. In 1872, the railroad arrived. A growing feud between the old-timers living on the west side of the river and the newcomers settling on the east side temporarily split the community into two towns. The City of Lemati (Lem-ah-tie) existed from 1895-1900. In 1894, Andrew Nelson turned on his electric lights. In the first half of the 20th Century, Cottage Grove was a bustling timber town supplying wood products to the world. Modern hospitals were built in 1951 & 2003. In the early 1960s, the Woodard Family legacy resulted in Interstate 5 next to their mill (not Lorane), a state airport, the exclusive 5-Star rated Village Green Resort, our local library, and later, Middlefield Golf Course. New high schools were built in 1940 & 2003. In 1968 & 2004, we were recognized as an All-America City for municipal best practices. In 1994, downtown Cottage Grove was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites and Places. We will soon reach a population of 10,000 residents and the need for a solid, well-supported plan for the future is essential. In 2008, the City Council adopted the Vision 2037 Plan after a year of solid input from citizens. Now, a decade later, you’re invited to…
A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 6-8 pm at the CG High School Cafetorium The City’s VisionKeepers invite individuals and families to participate in an evening of conversation, food and fun to re-engage our townspeople in shaping the future of The Grove. City officials, the Chamber of Commerce & T.E.A.M.cg enthusiastically encourage your participation. (child care provided)
To learn more about Cottage Grove’s history visit our three local museums:
▪ CG Museum offers a wonderful glimpse into “the attic of our community” revealing all kinds of historical treasures. Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm on the corner of H & Birch. Current exhibit: Vintage Valentines & Candy Boxes
▪ Bohemia Gold Mining Museum is bigger and better in its new location in the historic Boots & Sandals Square Dance Barn (across from Bohemia Park). Lots of displays and artifacts, replica of miner’s cabin, Bohemia Mountain mural & more! It’s a great way to discover Cottage Grove’s rich mining heritage. Hours: Thu-Sat, 1-4 pm Suggested Donation: $2/person Info: www.bohemiagoldminingmuseum.com
▪ Oregon Aviation History Center (across from the Cottage Theatre) offers displays and information on Oregon’s early aviation history that set safety standards for the country. View several vintage aircrafts being restored in the hanger. Hours: M-Th 10 am-4 pm
• Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel is busy restoring a vintage carousel donated to the people of Cottage Grove. For a peek at the restoration process and learn how you can get involved in the project, call Don Williams at 541-942- 4752, Email email@example.com or visit their Facebook page. Learn more: #cottagegrovecarousel
• KNND Valentine’s Day Contest offers great prizes to lucky local poets’ prose. Tune in this week to 1400AM or on SLTV 47.4 for details.
• AARP Free Tax Help Available every Wednesday through April 11 at the CG Community Center. Sign up begins each Wednesday morning at 8 am for sessions that day. Everyone is welcome to use this free service.