Linn County Historical Museum

This listing is provided by Albany Visitors Association

The Linn County Historical Museum (nicknamed the Brownsville Historic Pioneer Museum) was founded in 1962.

The museum’s exhibits are displayed in Brownsville’s original railroad depot and six Southern Pacific railroad cars. Collections cover the lives, work, and cultures of Native People, Oregon Trail immigrants, Black and White pioneer settlers, and the early families and communities of Linn County.

You will also find exhibits on the Brownsville Mill Race (the earliest source of local industrial hydro-power), the Brownsville Woolen Mill and regional mining. One of the boxcars is even a 29 seat theater, The Boxcar Theatre. The museum also houses a fairly extensive, and well used, Genealogy Section. Of particular interest is the Covered Wagon that carried the Drinkard family across the Oregon Trail in 1865. Not to be missed is the elegant 1881 Moyer House, open for tours most weekends and by request.