Friday, September 13, 2013

Salem, Riverfront Park, Mission Mill, Capitol!

After leaving the coast we headed over to Salem and decided to get a hotel so we could check out some things I have been wanting to see there. It was quite a climate shock coming from highs in the 70's over to Salem on Wednesday and it was 97 and very humid. Our first stop was Riverfront park a favorite of the kids. The Children's Museum was closed so we went to the carousel and splash pad.

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The splash pad was a welcome relief from the heat.
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 I have always wanted to take the kids to the Capitol Building so we went over to it after the park. At this point it was closed but we walked around the Capitol park. This was on September 11th. The flag walk.
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 Looking at all of the state flags. 
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The steps. 
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Flag at half staff for Patriots Day.
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Statue of Jason Lee first Missionary tot eh Oregon Territories and statue dedicated to Oregon's Circuit Riding Preachers.
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After staying the night in Albany we went back to Salem to see the Mission Mill Museum. I first heard about this place from a fellow Oregon blogger and have wanted to check it out. The museum consists of an old wool mill and a set of Methodist missionary buildings that were moved to this site and preserved. The missionaries were among the first pioneers to Oregon and built the first settlement in Chemeketa now known as Salem and also started Willamette University. The museum is really neat and I highly recommend it.
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First up the Mill. 
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Yes Minnie went with us.
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Now onto the Mission houses. This is the Jason Lee house. Jason Lee's house. First Missionary to the Oregon Territory. photo 1234374_10201857329905324_410139490_n.jpg 
The Parsonage and missionary dorms.
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Jason Lee house porch. 
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Jason Lee's Bible and Catechism book. Jason Lee's Bible and catechism book. photo 46413_10201857332105379_202925562_n.jpg 
 The old church.
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After the museum we decided to go back to the capitol building so we could go inside.
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House of Representatives. Obviously they aren't in session. House of Representatives photo 1174960_10201857334545440_1688989245_n.jpg  photo 1185656_10201857334665443_397990183_n.jpg  photo 1174731_10201857334945450_1936217551_n.jpg 
The Senate 
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There is Minnie again. 
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We headed home after this. Regular school will resume again on Monday. :)

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