The railroad’s importance in the history of the Central Oregon region is undeniable, with trains bringing commerce and vitality to a once-rural region. Nowhere is this more evident than along the banks of the Deschutes River near the site of the old timber mills, where trains transported the region’s economic lifeline: lumber. Today, the Old Mill District celebrates that piece of history by hosting a special day of celebration to mark 100 years of the railroad in Bend!
WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bend’s Historic Railroad Depot & Art Station, 313 Shevlin-Hixon Drive, Bend
The afternoon will be filled with activities for the entire family to celebrate Bend’s railroad heritage, with a reenactment of James Hill’s speech and the driving of the golden spike at 5 p.m. Root beer floats will be served up by the Bend City Council all afternoon, and miniature train rides will be offered courtesy of the Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association. Children’s railroad art projects, antique model train displays, a blacksmithing demonstration and music by the Summit High Jazz Band will round out the festivities. The Railroad Celebration is sponsored by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation and presented by the Des Chutes Historical Museum, Old Mill District, Art Station and the City of Bend.
CONTACT: Marcelene Trujillo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-312-0131
WEB SITE: www.theoldmill.com
About the Old Mill District
The Old Mill District is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive and dynamic mixed-use developments. Located on 270 acres that formerly housed one of the largest sawmill operations in the world, the Old Mill District offers a rich history along with spectacular mountain views and scenic river vistas. More than 49 retail outlets and businesses call the Old Mill District home, including such national retailers as Banana Republic, REI, Victoria’s Secret and the Gap. In addition, the Les Schwab amphitheater is Bend’s premier music venue, accommodating up to 8,000 patrons in its park-like locale. The Old Mill District – Bend’s most unique shopping, dining, living, and working experience.
The Old Mill District is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many stores, including Regal Cinemas and restaurants, have extended hours. For complete information, visit www.theoldmill.com.