Yesterday started out as a need-to-get-some-chores-done day. We did laundry, cleaned the rig, did some shopping. And because we were scheduled to leave our campground in Woodburn, OR, today and had no other campgrounds lined up, Jim did some research and I made some phone calls. Result: this morning we are on our way to a military base campground near Astoria, in northwest Oregon. (The website says if the firing range is not active, you can drive out on the beach from the campground. We'll be careful!)
But back to yesterday. After our chores, we drove about 15 miles south to Salem, where Jim was born. Jim lived there until he was about 5 years old, and spent another summer in Salem right before his family moved to Yakima when he was about 8. JIm's parents met in Salem, and Jim remembers lots of visits to aunts and uncles on both sides of his family when he was growing up.
Before and after our Salem car tour, we made a mandatory (for us anyway) Oregon stop: We went to a McMenamins. McMenamins buys historic Oregon properties (plus a few in Washington) and turns them into pubs/lodges. The one in Salem is called “Boon’s Treasury” and in a previous life was a general store owned by Oregon’s first state treasurer, John Boon, who also conducted his state treasury duties from the building in the 1860s.
One of our favorite McMenamins is the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, OR. A former Masonic and Eastern Star home, the building features original photos plus artwork based on the people who lived there, and each room is named after former residents. (Mom: I wish I could take you there -- you would like it.) To read more about McMenamins, click here.
The front of Boon’s Treasury. It was later owned by a childhood friend of Herbert Hoover, and Hoover played on the roof of the building as a child. With the repeal of prohibition in 1933, it became a tavern and has been once ever since.