Traveling Thursday – Cottage Grove, Oregon

Picture taken by Oregon Department of Transportation

Today I’m going to introduce you to the little town of Cottage Grove Oregon. I haven’t been here yet, but it is on my list of places to visit. I love the small town charm with the wonderful scenery in the background. This town is known as the “Covered Bridge Capital of the West”, and has 6 covered bridges in the area of the town.

Picture taken by Doug Kerr

A little bit of history about Cottage Grove; the first post office was established in 1855, but Cottage grove wasn’t incorporated until 1887. Unfortunately, in 1893 the people that lived on the east side of Cottage Grove rebelled and established their own town known as East Cottage Grove. In 1895 the Oregon State Legislative changed the name to Lemati, but by 1899 the two towns were thrust together and once again it all became Cottage Grove.

For the history buffs there are 3 museums in the town. Cottage Grove Historical Museum, Bohemia Gold Mining Museum, and the Oregon Aviation History Center.

For those wanting to do more outdoor activities there are two lakes in the area. Here you can swim, bike, hike, water ski, camp, and fish. Anything you want to do outdoors you can do here. Cottage Grove Lake was established in 1942 with the building of the dam. It’s picturesque scenery makes for a calm day of boating, hiking or whatever you do to enjoy nature.

Another lake to enjoy is Dorena Lake which offers the same outdoor activities as Cottage Lake.


Published by Green Briar Girl

For 13 years I was a single mother until I married my handsome husband. Fast forward five years and we have added 3 sons and a daughter to our household. With all those kids I rarely have time to myself but my love of writing will always find a way. I have written books in the past. My range of genres is from romance novels to nonfiction historical, poetry, and children's books. I am currently working on a mystery book that should be a very exciting read I hope! I also love genealogy and have created my own forms which I will post later for people to download to use. I hope you enjoy my writings and recipes that I plan on sharing with you here.

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