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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The riddle of the Baker Street rails

Written January 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

I’ve looked for clues in various archives, but so far I haven’t been able to learn why there are remnants of a railroad track buried in Baker Street downtown.

Buried rail: Reminder of Oregon Electric

Written April 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If they ever get around to repaving central Albany’s old streets, I hope they don’t tear out this rusty reminder of the city’s history in advanced — for the time — passenger rail.

Hope for saving Albany Hydro

Written November 8th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany officials think there’s a way to keep operating the city’s electric generator while cutting back on regulatory expenses. Let’s hope they are right and Albany’s historic role in hydropower production can be continued and preserved.

Sidewalk name: Mystery no more

Written November 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The mystery of the name in the sidewalk on Albany’s First Avenue — if a mystery it was —  has been cleared up, as far as I’m concerned.

Sidewalk mystery: Chasing a name

Written November 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

On a rainy day before a holiday with not much going on, I remembered a name I had seen on an Albany sidewalk, and I wondered who that was.

A new guide to Albany’s history

Written November 17th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Back on the bike after many days of rain, I was glad on Thursday to come across a helpful addition to the Waverly Jewish Cemetery. Helpful? Yes, it’s an informational kiosk that tells visitors like me more than we knew before about the history of the town. For instance, I learned that this cemetery, in the 3100 block […]

What you can see looking down

Written May 30th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

There’s local history under your feet, or your wheels in this case. And if you’re on a bike it’s easy to see by just looking down.

Overpass: Archives yield its cost

Written October 4th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

When, on Sept. 19, I wrote about the 75-year anniversary this year of the Albany railroad overpass, I didn’t know important details such as how much it cost to build. Now, thanks to ODOT spokesman Rick Little, I am better informed.

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