April 25, 1935

Here is an iconic moment in time for Salem, and for our neighborhood. On April 25, 1935 (85 years ago from this writing) a raging fire consumed the roof and copper dome of this, Oregon’s second State Capitol building built in 1874.  It was designed by the Portland firm of architects Justus F. Krumbein and […]

Frankie’s Garden

I forgot to mention that Frankie started playing uke with Carol and Sharon and me.  When we were dropping her off the other day (Frankie and George are neighbors in the historic district) she invited us to stroll her garden saying “it’s a little wild”…but in fact it’s just plain beautiful…and it’s only just May.  […]


TREE surgery that is.  Last week we noticed this sign on a tree across the street… and really, when we stepped back and LOOKED at the tree we saw it was a bit sick looking, and at the base of the trunk somebody in the neighborhood had sprinkled rose petals…as a last tribute? And today, […]

Making a Difference…(and the historic perspective)

Luke Westphal and Caprielle Barlow both graduated from Willamette University last spring…she in bio/chem, he in environmental science.  For his senior thesis project Luke designed an area in the ODOT right of way under the Mission Street fly-over in which his idea was to rid the creek bank of the invasive species growing there (mostly […]