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Oregon Community Band and Tin Man Water Tower Lighting


Today was a special day in the Village of Oregon. Oregon is a big believer in preserving their heritage and history. They proved that again by not tearing down their historic “Tin Man” water tower. Instead, they chose to restore it and light it up!  Tonight is the inaugural lighting of this Oregon landmark.  The Pump House below the tower was previously restored and now the tower is too! It was also open that evening.

Before that, it was time to enjoy a concert by the Oregon Community Band.  It takes place at Waterman Triangle Park downtown.  They have entertained Oregon since 1981. Jim Baxter is the current Conductor.

Enjoy the concert too!  At the end of the show, the Tin Man Water Tower’s lights were turned on for the first time!

A beautiful evening in Oregon, Wisconsin. This community preserves their history in a way that all can enjoy.


Summer 2013

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Wow, what a great summer! I don’t think we could have packed much more in. Wisconsinites tend to start summer in May since there is so much going on and warm days don’t last long. We were no exception. Our summer began May 13 with our trip to Cedarburg.

grist-mill altered

May 16 – Milwaukee sightseeing 


May 18 – Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival.

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May 27- World’s Largest Brat Fest

Brat Tent

June 1 – Cows on the Concourse  and Cars on State Street

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June 11 – Paoli and Stoughton

6-11 090Chicken Heads

OH 3 Clocktower CenterCoffeeBreakMug

June 15 – Cottage Grove (Fireman’s Festival)

Cottage Grove Wisconsin signFlynn Hall

June 20 – Waterloo


June 23-Cedarburg  and Hartford

June 28 – Pendarvis and Shake Rag Alley

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

6-30 Sauk City  Wollersheim Winery

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7-4 Independence Day in DeForest

DeForest WI DepotDeForest July 4th Parade 2013

7-8 Marshall

Blaschka Mill

Blaschka Mill

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

7-13 Le Fete de Marquette and Art Fair on/off the Square

Ferris WheelLa Fete de Marquette Festival picture

7-18  Madison Mallard’s Baseball  and Waunakee

Waunakee Depot and train

7-22 Oregon

Downtown Oregon Wisconsin

7-27 Greek Fest , Clean Lake Festival and Atwood Summer Fest 

Greek Assumption Church MadisonPericles Productions

7-28 Fennimore

Fennimore Railroad Museum

8-3 Middleton Mustard Festival

National Mustard MuseumDuchess de Mustard and us

8-9 Algoma and Green Bay and Rosendale

Algoma lighthouseGreen Bay Packer Game

8-10 Susie the Duck Day in Lodi

Susie and Maynard

8-15 Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival

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8-18 Triangle Ethnic Fest 

8-23 Orton Park Festival

Orton Park GazeboMarquette Waterfront Festival dancing

8-24 Town of Burke Picnic 

8-25 Circus World Museum

Circus World Museum Hippodrome

8-31 Taste of Madison

Fraboni's Italian Specialties

Whew!  🙂


Oregon – Wisconsin’s Horse Capital

Oregon Wisconsin signOregon Watertower

7-22-13  and 3-21-15 and my whole life

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.

Dad's Oregon 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 Oregon Wisconsin

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.

World War I Granite Memorial Monument sign

Oregon Memorial Bench

At Prairie Mound Cemetery, Oregon also honors their Revolutionary War vet, Nathaniel Ames. We visited his gravesite and saw the two-sided marker there.

Nathaniel Ames Marker in Oregon

The historic water tower is now longer in use, but left up since its one of Oregon’s distinguishing features.

Oregon Historic  Water TowerOregon Water Tower sign

Across the street from the water tower is the city band shell where performances by the Oregon Community Band take place over the summer.

Oregon Band ShellOregon Community Band sign

We also visited the former Red Brick School Building, now a business called Gorman & Co.

Red Brick School 2Red Brick school Sign

Lincoln Street is another historic district close to downtown.

Lincoln Steet Historic District sign

Gilbert House

Gilbert House

Palmer House

Palmer House

Warner House

Warner House

Rose House

Rose House

Algard House

Algard House

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 Farm Center

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.

Oregon Shopping Plaza

Relax at Oregon Bowl after a hard day’s work.

Oregon Bowl-Oregon, WI

If you are hungry, enjoy a great meal at De Broux Diner.  My Taco Salad was delicious!  2015-It is now in Evansville.

DeBroux Diner in Oregon, WI

De Broux Diner Taco Salad

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 🙂

Oregon WW I Monument

Related Sites

*  Oregon Historical Society

*  Chamber of Commerce

*  Oregon Observer newspaper

*  Han’s Christmas Farm

*  Mark’s Barber and Styling

*  DeBroux Diner

*  Bill’s Food Center