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Salem, Oregon: "Peace for the Traveler"
Salem, Oregon provides a restful, easy-going setting for travelers from all around. It's a historical town with much to offer. And, though Salem is the capital of Oregon, it has a small-town, friendly atmosphere. It's a great place to visit for history buffs and outdoorsmen, having nature's beauty at its doorstep. The word ėSalemî comes from a Hebrew word ėShalom,î that means peace. There are vineyards, orchards, gardens, and even gorgeous fields of flowers!
Salem is located on the Willamette River in Marion County as the county seat, but straddles Marion and Polk counties. It's only an hour from the mountains or the beach on either side, making it a popular stop for tourists. The estimated population for Salem was 147,215 as of 2005. Salem was founded in 1840 as a mission area by Jason Lee, a Methodist Episcopal missionary.
Facts about Salem
Salem hosts the Marion County Fair and the Oregon State Fair each year. For higher learning, Salem offers the Willamette University and Corban College. The city's local sports team is the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes for minor league baseball. Some famous persons who have lived in Salem are the inventor of the Erector Set - A.C. Gilbert, and actor Howard Hesseman. The 1975 movie titled "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed in Salem as well.
Salem is located near the cities of Eola, Hayesville, Four Corners, Labish Village, and Keizer.
For the Kids - Families visiting the area will enjoy a day at the Enchanted Forest Theme Park (http://www.enchantedforest.com/). For the little ones, there are the storybook lane and many fun slides. Older kids will enjoy the haunted house, log ride, and a fabulous roller coaster! Other attractions are the water-light show, a summer comedy theater, gift stores, and more.
Salem also offers Bush's Pasture Park, A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village, boat tours on the Willamette Queen Sternwheeler, and much more! Those planning a visit to Salem, Oregon USA may visit the city's travel website for more information. (http://www.travelsalem.com)
Historic Sight-Seeing in Salem
Salem offers a number of museums for folks with all types of interests. At the Mission Mill Museum (http://www.missionmill.org/), there are costumed guides to take guests through the wool production process. Visitors can view a water-driven turbine that gives the buildings their electricity!
Tourists also enjoy visiting the Oregon State Capitol to see this unique structure - a Greek-style building with a gold leaf statue. There's also the Bush House Museum, a Victorian home that was built by pioneer newspaper publisher and banker Asahel Bush II during the late 1800s.
Other museums and historic sites include the Antique Powerland Museum, the Aurora Colony National Historic District, and the Champoeg State Heritage Area.
Salem also has abundant vineyards and wineries such as the Bethel Heights Vineyard, the Ankeny Vineyard, the Honeywood Winery, Mystic Wines, Stangleland Vineyards, and the Redhawk Vineyard. At the Redhawk Vineyard, there's a taste of "humor" along with the wine tastings with labels such as "Grateful Red" and other funny names.