Guest blog contributor: MaMere’s Guest House and Event Center
The Independence-Monmouth Railroad historic train mural was painted by mural artist Eileen Hinckle and initiated by the Monmouth Historic Commission. The mural portrays the former railroad that once traveled down Jackson Street and connected the communities of Monmouth and Independence.
The Independence-Monmouth Railroad
The Independence-Monmouth Railroad was one of the shortest independent lines in the world. The two and one-half mile run made one stop at the small community of Talmadge, midway between the two cities.
The written description embedded within the mural states, “With this mural, we celebrate the I&M Railroad and our community’s diverse history. We recognize these lands as the traditional homelands of the Luckiamute Band of Kalapuya and we acknowledge the significant contributions that Chinese and Mexican migrant workers made in building the railroad system throughout Oregon and the western United States. We honor their sacrifice and contribution which has often been overlooked.”
The mural also recognizes members of the Kalapuya tribe utilizing another important traditional form of travel via Oregon’s river systems.
MaMere’s Guest House and Event Center
MaMere’s Guest House is located in the heart of wine county, and is the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding wineries or visiting Western Oregon University. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and is only a block from WOU and Monmouth’s Main Street.
Geocaching Railroad and Trolley History of NW Oregon
Although a geocache is not located near the sight of the Independence & Monmouth Railroad (maybe a local cacher would consider placing), one can seek out abandoned NW Oregon railroad, and trolley right-of-ways or structures by following the Disappearing RR Blues series of caches.
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