Freeway Park is Now on the National Register of Historic Places

Freeway Park in Seattle was added to the National Register of Historic Places two months ago on December 19th, 2019.

That’s great news and is important for the future of the park, but I have to admit that reading about it gave me an odd feeling. I think of national historic places as being actually old, like buildings from the 1800s.

Freeway Park is still a sorta new park in my mind because I remember it being built when I was a teenager living in Edmonds. If it’s now historic that means I’m getting old!

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On the Road: Heritage Station Museum in Pendleton, Oregon

heritage station museum in pendleton, oregon


On my recent road trip to Boise I spent a night in Pendleton, Oregon. I arranged my driving days on the trip so that I had time for sightseeing, either along the way or after getting checked in at motels and before it got dark. Since my trip was in November after we turned clocks back that was a pretty narrow window, so I could only choose one place to go in each town.

From studying a map before my trip I thought I would be checking out the Riverwalk in downtown Pendleton because parks and park-like public spaces are my thing. But when I arrived in town the Riverwalk didn’t look anything like I’d expected from what I could see of it while driving by.

On my way to the motel I also drove by the Heritage Station Museum, which hadn’t been on my radar at all. But it looked park-like and piqued my interest, so that’s where I headed after getting checked in at the Rugged Country Lodge on the far edge of town. (Nice little motel if you’re ever staying here overnight.)

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