Ok, so there are people from all over the world that frequent this site. I need to learn about other places. If anyone is interested in learning a tadbit about my corner of the world...
As was common in Oregon
pioneer days, post offices for locations would move with each new postmaster, and it wasn't until the later 1860s that the Cottage Grove post office arrived at its final location, in the extreme south west of present-day Cottage Grove. When the Southern Pacific Railroad
built their line through the area, they built their station more than half a mile to the northeast of the post office, starting a bitter neighborhood disagreement. Since the inhabitants near the post office would not allow it to be moved next to the railroad station, a post office was established near the station, called Lemati, after the Chinook
for mountain. In 1887 Cottage Grove was incorporated as a city, but the eastern community still used the placename Lemati intermittently until both communities were merged in 1898.
In 1926 the spectacular locomotive crash from Buster Keaton
's The General
was filmed in the countryside, and the wrecked train became a minor tourist attraction until it was dismantled for scrap during World War II
. Parts of the movie Animal House
were filmed in Cottage Grove, and the 25th anniversary of the movie's release was celebrated August 30
by the citizens with a toga party on Main Street. Main Street is where the climactic parade sequence from the movie was filmed.
(I was at the toga party, but only looking through the chain link fence. Too cheap to buy a ticket...)