Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Last week I was in Oregon for my best friend's wedding. I had so much fun helping her finish the final touches for her wedding and, of course, attending the wedding itself. It was an exciting and emotional week.

While I was there I was introduced to Champoeg State Heritage Area (pronounced as “cham-POH-ee”) which was less than fifteen minutes from where I was staying. This was the site where Oregon's first provincial government was formed 1843. There was an adorable museum that explained the vote and a monument where the vote was done.

Champoeg was once home to a large commercial center on the Williamette River. In November of 1861, eighteen straight days of rain and thirty feet of flooding destroyed the town. Nothing remains of the town today, however there are street markers to indicate where the town once stood.

The park also includes the historic Butteville Store  which was founded in 1863. It is considered the oldest operating store in Oregon. We grabbed some drinks as well as few pictures before heading back to Newberg.

And for your viewing pleasure, photos of Cascade hops and Mount Hood. 

For more information, check out the Oregon State Parks website or the Friends of Historic Champoeg website.

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