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The village of Oregon is where my Dad grew up, but this is the first time I really gave it a close look. This is his boyhood home.
Oregon is known as the Horse Capital since there were once more horses than people early in its history. The population is currently 9,231 and growing. Located just 7 miles south of Madison, you are close to the big city while still able to enjoy small town charm. Incorporated in 1883, it has retained its character and downtown historic buildings enjoying steady business.
Downtown is defined by two structures, the monument on the left and the historic water tower. This is the first WW I monument in the country, erected in 1920.
At Prairie Mound Cemetery, Oregon also honors their Revolutionary War vet, Nathaniel Ames. We visited his gravesite and saw the two-sided marker there.
The historic water tower is now longer in use, but left up since its one of Oregon’s distinguishing features.
Across the street from the water tower is the city band shell where performances by the Oregon Community Band take place over the summer.
We also visited the former Red Brick School Building, now a business called Gorman & Co.
Lincoln Street is another historic district close to downtown.
All quite beautiful, I will check back at the Rose House after renovations are complete.
Oregon is still closely tied to the farming community. The Oregon Farm Center is a mill where they grind product that farmers bring in. Dave Kanable was there and has good reputation for taking care of his customers. He also knew my grandparents. They also sell birdseed, products for chicken care and dog food in bulk.
Oregon has all services needed for shoppers so going into Madison isn’t necessary. Oregon Shopping Plaza is the main retail center. Bill’s Food Center is the anchor business and is known for fine service and wide selection of food.
Relax at Oregon Bowl after a hard day’s work.
If you are hungry, enjoy a great meal at De Broux Diner. My Taco Salad was delicious! 2015-It is now in Evansville.
On our return visit in 2015 we had lunch at their new restaurant, Headquarters Bar and Restaurant. Great food! They also have a meat raffle on the first sunday of the month.
We really enjoyed Oregon. I wish I had some horses to show you but they must have all been inside that day 🙂