Heritage trail nears the finish line
The Heritage Trail in Mount Angel is a step closer to the finish line now that informational signs to mark the trail's historic sites are finished and ready to install.
Mount Angel unveiled the new signs for the Mount Angel Heritage Trail at the city's 125th anniversary celebration Tuesday night, April 3. The slate grey signs bear photographs and descriptions of 10 historic buildings around town, including the Glockenspiel, Mount Angel Abbey and St. Mary Catholic Church.
Father Martin Grassel of the Mount Angel Abbey was involved in the Heritage Trail project and said the trail came out of a desire to tie together the city's historic religious attractions.
"(It's a way) to connect Mount Angel's religious institutions, the Abbey, the Benedictine Sisters. There are churches and Mass being held everywhere in Mount Angel," Grassel said.
The trail was expanded to include other city landmarks when the city and the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce came on board to help find funding. The city and a committee of residents raised $25,000 in grants to fund the project, and hope to eventually bring the number of signs to 17.
The informational signs will be installed this summer on podiums made by career and technical education students from the Silver Falls School District.