What: Down the Siletz Historical Overview
When: 1-2 p.m. Saturday, July 23
Where: North Lincoln County Historical Museum (NLCHM). 4907 SW Hwy 101 in the Taft community of Lincoln City.
Come travel the Siletz River with six-year-old Orrice Brown, his family of five, travel trunks, cooking utensils, washboards, livestock, a pet canary and a terrier named Clyde. The year was 1916 and they were moving from a farm near Corvallis to the northern end of Lincoln County, now known as Roads End. Orrice Brown (Addler) told this epic story in 1993 at the age of 83, 77 years after the trip.
Museum director Jeff Syrop will guide you on this journey using the museum’s historic photographs, maps, and oral histories. You’ll see what Orrice and his family would have seen while traveling on wagon roads, down the Siletz River to the town of Taft and taking the only “road” north: the beach. After this presentation, you will truly understand what it was like to move to the coast before roads and bridges were well established.
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