Historic Sites & Landmarks in Oregon

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  • Hannah and Eliza Gorman House Corvallis, Oregon 1857; 1866

    The Hannah and Eliza Gorman House was built by Black women pioneers in 1857-66, when it was illegal for them to own property in Oregon. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

  • St. Johns Bridge Portland, Oregon 1931

    Completed in 1931, St. John's Bridge is the only suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley. It is famed for its Gothic-inspired pylons and supports, for which the adjacent Cathedral Park is named.

  • McLoughlin House Oregon City, Oregon 1846

    The Georgian-style home of Dr. John McLoughlin, founder and mayor of Oregon City, built in 1846. Moved from its original location by the river in 1909, it is now a museum and part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

  • Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, Oregon 1926

    Designed to resemble the castle in Shakespeare's Hamlet, the Elsinore Theater was completed in 1926 and considered the finest theater between Portland and San Francisco. Its first shows were silent movies and vaudeville acts.

  • John D. Boon House Salem, Oregon 1847

    The oldest single-family house in Salem, this was the home of Oregon's treasurer John D. Boon. Originally built next to the first State Treasury building (Boon's Treasury), it was moved to the Willamette Heritage Center in 1972.

  • Stewart Bridge Walden, Oregon 1930

    Built in 1930, this small covered bridge over Mosby Creek has been restored and is now open only to pedestrians.

  • Deepwood Museum and Gardens Salem, Oregon 1894

    Designed by William C. Knighton in the Queen Anne style, the Luke A. Port House was built in 1894. Now known as Deepwood Museum and Gardens, the house is open for tours and hosts seasonal events.

  • Thomas Kay Woolen Mill Salem, Oregon 1889

    Founded in 1889 by Thomas Lister Kay, this mill produced wool blankets and fabrics for 70 years, playing a critical role in Salem's early economy. It is open to the public as part of the Willamette Heritage Center (formerly the Mission Mill Museum).

  • Willamette Heritage Center Salem, Oregon 1964

    Formerly known as the Mission Mill Museum, the Willamette Heritage Center incorporates several 19th-century buildings from Salem's early pioneer history, which centered around wool manufacturing and Methodist missions.

  • Oregon State Capitol Salem, Oregon 1938

    The 4th-newest capitol building in the USA, the Oregon State Capitol was completed in 1938. It features Art Deco architecture, 1930s murals, and a “Golden Pioneer” statue atop an unusual cylindrical lantern. It is closed until 2025.

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