Road Trip: Keizer

Located less than 4 miles from Oregon’s capital city, the town of Keizer is often thought of together with Salem. But this independent little community has an identity all its own. Originally named for two immigrant farmer brothers, Keizer has become regionally known for its annual iris festival in May — a flower-focused celebration with a…

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Keizer

Located north of Salem in the Willamette Valley, Keizer was named for a pair of brothers who came west on the wagon train of 1843.

The pioneering spirit lives on at the Keizer Heritage Center, a 19th-century Craftsman schoolhouse turned museum that preserves the town’s rural history. Get a bite at a local restaurant and taste wine around town. Get pumped for the annual Great Oregon Steam-Up — a celebration of trains, tractors, trollies and more.

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