Brownsville, Oregon

What a step back in time!  This darling little town is quite a surprise!  Most of the stores on main street have the early 1900's look.  There are 3-4 cafes, a post office, a hardware store, a dentist, a gas station, a large quilt store and a mechanic.  The Linn County Historical Muesem on Park Avenue was much larger than I expected.

 

View of Main Street looking North in Brownsville Oregon.  Photo taken in May of 2010


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Oregon Trail Wagon on display at the Linn County Historical Museum in Brownsville OregonThey have one of the last 4 complete wagons that made the journey here on the Oregon Trail!  The town started with the Browns, Kirks and Blakelys in 1846.  First the ferry to get travelers across what is now the Calapooia River, a covered bridge in 1853 and then a store.  The railroad came to town in 1880.  In 1919, a fire destroyed several buildings downtown.  I have read that business went on as usual, out of tents and homes while rebuilding was underway.

 

There is the Moyer Mansion to tour, which I understand was salvaged in the 1960's and has been undergoing restoration ever since.  In 1985, parts of the famous movie "Stand By Me" were filmed in this town, and if you pick up the walking guide from the museum you can visit the filming spots.

Brownsville has much to offer for someone seeking a small town community.  I for one am looking forward to the Pioneer Picnic, held every summer.  To explore homes for sale in Brownsville right now, click here.

Moyer House open to public tour in Brownsville Oregon

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