Sunday, January 28, 2007

I'm going to put this blog on hold for awhile. I'm down two staff at work and am working longer hours and can't keep up 3 blogs too.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Tenmile, Oregon

Population 539

Tenmile is on Highway 42 between Winston and Camas Valley. There are two routes from Roseburg to the coast and this is the way I generally go.

The name is derived from the fact that a man who lived in Happy Valley drove cattle from the valley and grazed them at the place now known as Tenmile Valley. The distance was about 10 miles, hence the name.

Tenmile boasts a restaurant

Tenmile Restaurant

and a general store

Tenmile Store

that includes a gas station

Tenmile Gas Station

and a post office.

Tenmile Post Office

I stop at the store occasionally to pick up a snack or a drink and the clerks are always friendly.

I think an interesting point is the “Jesus” sign on the store evidently proclaiming the owners faith.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Wolf Creek, Oregon

Located 20 miles north of Grants Pass Oregon.
Exit 76 - on Interstate 5.

Population 1586

The Wolf Creek Inn is the oldest continuous use hotel in the state of Oregon. Built in 1883 by pioneer merchant Henry Smith, the inn was billed as a "first-class traveler's hotel" for folks traveling on the stagecoach. The building was first called Wolf Creek Tavern, an old English term describing a hotel that served food.
Wolf Creek Inn

I love country stores. Each is unique and each one tells something about the owners and the community.

This one has a bulletin board, two pay phones, various newspaper holders, a kindling holder, two wagon wheels, Christmas decorations, a window full of advertisements and displays....

Wolf Creek General Store

.... and one hand-carved, bigger-than-life wooden Indian.

Wooden Indian

I do realize displaying the wooden Indian is offensive to some Native Americans. I do not mean to be insensitive but rather am recording what I see.