HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Out on Pirtle Drive, there’s a new sight

Written October 17th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

It had been some time since the bike took me along Pirtle Drive in the farm country south of Albany. So until Friday I had not seen the long fence topped by barbed wire on the former industrial site where Dirk Olsen of Olsen Honey Farms has set up his apiary. Why the fence, I […]


What’s next on Pirtle Drive: Honeybees

Written May 14th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Whatever industry was here decades ago, its traces are long gone. And now it looks like honeybees are coming in.


So what’s happening on Pirtle Drive?

Written May 7th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

On a ride through the countryside south of Albany this week, the bike took me to Pirtle Drive, where to my surprise it looked like something big was going on.


Revisiting Pirtle: A station in rail history

Written June 25th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It was three years ago, in April 2015, that I wrote about the former Pirtle power transfer station on the old Oregon Electric Railway. Last week I looked at it again and, no surprise, it and the graffiti are still there.


Trashed relic of rail history exposed

Written April 19th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Pirtle transfer station of the old Oregon Electric Railway used to be half-hidden by tall trees. Now the trees — cottonwoods, I think — have been mostly cut down, and this concrete relic of our railroad history stands out there in plain view about 150 yards south of Pirtle Drive.


 
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