We allowed a week in the Salem area and very much appreciated some downtime. We explored the area, had the front-end of the coach aligned, had the windshield on the Jeep replaced (thank goodness for Florida insurance–no deductible for windshield repairs), and shopped (no sales tax in Oregon).
Of course we had to check out the Oregon capitol. It’s one of only five art deco capitols in the country (we’ve seen two of the others so far: Louisiana and Alaska) and was built in 1938. It’s the fourth-newest capital in the U.S.
The state seal in bronze is the centerpiece of the rotunda.
Exhibits in the capitol included rocks and minerals (one of our favorite subjects).
We climbed the 121 marble, concrete and metal steps to the observation deck just below the Oregon Pioneer for a view of the surrounding area.
Here’s a final bit of trivia we learned in the capitol: Kathryn Clark was elected to the Oregon Senate in 1915–four years before women could vote nationally. Women could vote in Oregon in 1912.
We strolled around Salem’s downtown and took snapshots of buildings we found interesting.
Our wanderings took us to Riverfront Park along the Willamette River.
Salem’s Riverfront Carousel is a popular destination in Riverfront Park. The carousel was constructed between 1995-2001 and features 34 figures carved with hand tools from basswood from the Linden tree. A horse figure takes about 120 linear feet of wood which is cut into planks and laminated together. Each figure takes between 700-1000 hours to complete, not including time for finishing. The figures are produced by volunteers.
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