A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

An Albany park’s name: Who was Eleanor?

Written March 28th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

In a story a few days ago I mentioned Albany’s Hackleman Park. But as I typed the words, I remembered the full name, Eleanor Hackleman Park.

In the box: ‘And last and least a copper penny’

Written February 18th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

  When the former bank building at First and Broadalbin in Albany is demolished in the next few weeks, the wreckers will be looking for the cornerstone that was placed 110 years ago.

Bikman Building’s penthouse has new roof

Written October 11th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

I parked my bike at the foot of the Ellsworth Street Bridge in Albany, ignored the decades-old “closed” sign you see down there, and walked up the eastern sidewalk, high enough to look back at a new sight.

Still a railroad town after 152 years

Written August 25th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Just about every weekday afternoon, a Portland & Western feight train enters Albany on the Toledo branch from the direction of Corvallis. If you like trains and happen to be cruising past on a bike, you’re likely to stop and watch, like this:

Madison School: Renovation and history

Written July 24th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

There’s a lot of history in the old Madison School in Albany’s Willamette neighborhood. I looked it up when someone called my attention to the construction work taking place there now.

A flag, a name and the building they’re on

Written July 20th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Wandering around downtown Albany on a summer evening, sometimes you look up and just have to take a picture.

On the riverfront: New use for historic building

Written April 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A construction fence blocking a Water Avenue parking lot drew my attention as I rode past on my bike. So I stopped to see what was up.

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