Salem Tourism and Travel Guide
History of Salem: Salem, the state capital city, is Oregon’s second largest city, with a population of approximately 150,000. Salem is also the county seat of Marion County. However, a small portion of Salem within its incorporated limits of 44 squareSalem miles lies across the Willamette River (Historical Note) in Polk County. This is referred to as “West Salem”.
Salem is located in the center of the Willamette Valley…one of the most fertile and agriculturally productive regions of the United States…47 miles south of Portland and 64 miles north of Eugene, Salem serves as the hub of both state government and the surrounding farming communities.
State government is this city’s largest employer, with approximately 13,000 full-time employees, 38 of the largest state agencies and more than 20 smaller ones located in the
immediate area. Salem is also a major agricultural food processing center.
Salem is one of Oregon’s oldest communities. The Indian name for the locality was Chemeketa, said to mean “meeting or resting place.” It may also have been the name of one of the bands of Calapooya Indians. In 1840-41, the Jason Lee Mission was moved from the Willamette River upstream (south) to a site on Mill Creek.
In 1842, the missionaries established the Oregon Institute. When the mission was dissolved in 1844, it was decided to lay out a townsite on the Institute lands. Either David Leslie, one of the trustees who came to Oregon from Salem, Mass., or W. H. Willson, who filed plats in 1850-51 for what is now the main part of the city, selected the name “Salem.” Salem is the anglicized form of the hebrew word Shalom, meaning peace.
The location of the Oregon capital caused a spirited contest that lasted nearly 15 years. By an act of 1851, the provisional government moved the capital to Salem from Oregon City; in 1855 it was moved to Corvallis, only to moveSalem back to Salem the same year. Destruction of the Capitol at Salem on December 31, 1855, was considered an incendiary part of this controversy.
The close proximity of government provides Salem citizens with a distinct opportunity to be involved in the decision-making processes of the state. The citizens of Salem also have a long history of commitment to community improvement and volunteerism…a commitment recognized nationally through presentation of two All-America City Awards, one for 1960-61 and more recently for 1982-83.
Early Salem history from Oregon Geographic Names, by Lewis A. McArthur.
SOURCE: 1997-1998 Oregon Blue Book (edited)
Historical Note: Willamette: “Wal-lamt was an Indian word. The meaning of Willamette is not known, but there are several theories, including Mackey who says “Wallamet” means “spillwater” and was applied to the river above the falls. Broughton discovered the River on October 29, 1792 and named it the River Mannings, possibly for Boatswain Mate Samuel Manning, a member of VanCouver’s expedition…Clark called the river, The Multnomah.”
Source: Oregon Geographic Names by Lewis L. McArthur, fifth edition, 1982
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How to Reach?
By Air: Salem is well connected by air to Coimbatore, Bangalore, Chennai, Tiruchi, Madurai and Mumbai.
By Rail: Train: Salem is well connected to other important towns/cities of Tamilnadu as well as India by a good networkSalem of Railways. There are regular train services from Salem to Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi and other cities.
By Road: Salem has three important National Highways (NH7, NH47 and NH68) through the city. As a major transit point for Bangalore/Coimbatore/Madurai/Chennai Salem has the 6/4-lane bypass road within the city that is busy round the clock. The Dr MGR Central Integrated Bus Terminus located in Meyyanur area. One can get buses for almost all the places of the state and Bangalore/Pondicherry anytime from the terminus.
Shopping: Home to the only Nordstrom between San Francisco and Portland, and situated just off I-5, Salem is a key shopping destination for the Willamette Valley. From major names in retail to unique shops with local products, we have it all. Stroll past the historic façade of the Ladd & Bush Bank as you peruse the city’s charming downtown shopping core, filled with boutiques and cafes, specialty shops and antiques. Our downtown malls, Salem Center and Reed Opera House, and nearby Lancaster Mall feature 200 popular and specialty stores for all your shopping needs.
Donald, Nora, and Gregory Rock: Memorial Specialists
We can help counsel you to best capture the Spirit of Life. Help us create your family’s unique and personal Story in Stone.
Logue Monument Company, an Independent Authorized Rock of Ages Dealer, is a monument and memorial company operated out of Salem, Ohio. Established in 1885, Logue Monument Co. has built a strong reputation and strong client relationships due to our affinity for quality stone and fine craftsmanship.
Logue Monument Company is operated as a family business, just as it was in 1885, by the Rock family. Don, Nora, Salemand Greg Rock make up the heart of a caring and professional staff that works hard to create unique memorials that reflect the unique lives of their customers.
Logue Monument Company is very proud to be a member of the Rock of Ages family, and is able to offer the most
flawless lines of memorials available. As an independent dealer, we can also offer any granite available in the world.
The granites that we select, because of their quality, texture, and craftsmanship, represent the finest memorial stone the world has to offer. Our memorials can range from small laser-etched portrait plaques to above ground mausoleums. We also offer silk flower arrangements, monumental vases, bronze memorials and bronze art.
It is our goal to treat our clients just as we ourselves would expect to be treated. We will take whatever measures necessary to ensure complete and total customer satisfaction. We would very much appreciate the opportunity to earn your trust and serve your needs. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Complete Peace of Mind: From cemetery memorials and civic memorials to pet memorials and cremation memorials to granite benches and community fundraisers, we can provide you with the monuments and memorials you are looking for. We have a large variety of styles, colors, and sizes for you to choose from. All monuments and memorials are designed and crafted by Logue Monument Co.
Our Rock of Ages memorials are backed by the strongest warranties in the industry. This warranty will ensure that your memorial will maintain its lasting beauty forever.
Full-Service Options: We provide carving and lettering services for both single and multi-crypt monuments andSalem memorials. We can also add lettering to existing individual monuments on site. Address boulders and garden rocks are catching on and we can letter these for you. Don’t forget to ask about our selection of private, walk-in mausoleums. Made of granite from all over the world, our selection of monuments and memorials are built to last.
Ask Us About: Civic Memorials • Veterans Memorials • Civic Organizations • Fraternal Organizations
Outstanding Customer Service: Logue Monument Co. is dedicated to excellence through providing you with outstanding customer service, top-quality monuments and memorials, and competitive prices. All carving and sandblast-sculpture work is done right here by the area’s best stone-cutters. We can even provide you with custom orders. Contact us today with any questions or inquiries you may have regarding our products and services.
Payment Options: We accept major credit cards including Discover, Visa, MasterCard, & American Express. We also except personal checks and cash. Ask about our special payment plans available including 12 months without interest with monthly payments.
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