Hallie Ford Museum & Mission Mill

June 29, 1999

Several guests joined us for a very special day in Salem. We left Valley River parking lot, traveling the old highway into Albany, were we had our morning break at their City Park, down on the Willamette River where the sternwheeler docks. Our first stop in Salem — Willamette University viewing the Antoinette and Mark D. Hatfield Fountain, the Whipple Clock Tower and the Martha Stewart Botanical Gardens. Then to the other side of campus to the Star Trees, the Fuller Japanese Gardens and the Sesquicentennial Rose Garden. It was a clear day, so the Capitol and its dome were sighted many times. We lunched on the grounds of Mission Mill Village, and explored the authentic brick Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and its various outbuildings. Most went on the tour, while the rest of us sat in the shade by the millrace. This mill was where Oregon’s textile industry started. It has been perpetuated by the Pendleton Woolen Mills, owned and operated by Mr. Kay’s descendants. They are renovating several buildings. Our last scenic stop for the day was the Hallie Ford Art Museum at the northwest edge of the University campus. The Northwest Indian baskets exhibit was our focal point of our visit. They were wonderful and is a part of their permanent exhibits. Of course, the Dairy Queen in Albany was our refreshment stop. Back to Eugene by 5:00 p.m.

A good time was had by Ethel Allen, Louise Bauder, June Booth, Marian Borchardt, Dick & Madeline Burns, Ingrid Carmichael, Louella Fitch, Dora Harris, Herman Hendershott, Evelyn Hile, Ray Jensen, Cecily Joost, Dody Leppmann, Joyce Mixer, June Moody, Clyde Mullen, Lois Nelson, Edna Robertson, Kathleen Schlenker, Janet Speelman, Wallace Swanson and trip leaders Liz Reanier & Bette Hack.


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