People from all over come to this small pioneer community to wander the “Stand By Me” trail, which was featured in scenes from the popular Rob Reiner movie of the same name.
Brownsville is home to the Linn County Museum, which shares the story of early settlers and Native Americans who lived in the valley in the mid 1800s. Vignettes in this facility help to tell of life on the Oregon Trail, and the relationship between the local Calapooia tribe and the new settlers.
Be sure to stop by the Living Rock Museum, whose building is made from agates, crystals, quartz, obsidian and other types of rock found in the area.
Take the family on the “Over the Rivers and Through the Woods” Scenic Byway. This 66-mile route will take you through the valley’s rich
farmlands and into the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
an Oregon StoryRoad Trip: Brownsville
Located about halfway between Eugene and Salem, the charming town of Brownsville (pop. 1,686) offers a surprising respite from the bustle of the I-5 corridor. The town was founded by settlers from the Oregon Trail in 1846 in an area first inhabited…Continue reading this story…
an Oregon StoryRoad Trip: Willamette Valley
Nestled between the mist-covered Coast Range and the soaring Cascade peaks, the Willamette Valley stretches for more than 130 miles from Carlton to Cottage Grove. This fertile region is home to the state’s famedpinot noir vineyards, its first…Continue reading this story…
an Scenic BywayOver the Rivers & Through the Woods Scenic Byway
This 66-mile route begins in the rich farmland of the Willamette Valley, and then winds along rushing streams and through thick forests as it climbs into the West Cascades and McKenzie Pass.Continue reading this story…
an ItineraryCycling the Willamette Valley
Last year I learned there’s no better way to get to know a place than to ride through it on a bicycle. So when I heard about the 134-mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, the first of its kind in the U.S., I jumped at the chance to turn the…Continue reading this story…