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Portland doesn't just attract visitors from elsewhere in the U.S., but also from within the state...

COURTESY OF DAVE JONES - As he appeared in his Portland-area visit, heres Dave Jones - the host and producer of Destination Oregon.The film crew of a Central Oregon TV documentary series called "Destination Oregon" were busy in Westmoreland on Sunday, February 24th. "Destination Oregon" is a travel feature showcasing lodgings, places of interest, and a historical museums around the state. The resulting features are broadcast on Bend-area TV stations KOHD and KBNZ.

If you happened to be in the right place at the right time, you might have glimpsed the film crew in action. Producer and host Dave Jones visited "The Bible Club PDX", the speakeasy-styled bar across from the Sellwood-Westmoreland Post Office on 16th at Bybee Boulevard. The TV program showcased the iconic Oaks Park Skating Rink on one of their past segments.

Jones shared that he spends over 50 hours a month researching which places to visit, setting up interviews, and overseeing the film crew – usually on a weekend. His cool demeanor, and laid-back small-town presentation, on the show comes from his 20 years' experience as a news anchor in Bend. He also has been a fill-in sportscaster and weatherman.

Dave and his film crew shoot some 50 segments per year, so "Destination Oregon" searches out quite a few interesting destinations, to appeal to viewers who like to plan interesting outings around the state.

On the same weekend, their cameras were also rolling at the "Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club" in North Portland, where train enthusiasts can watch miniature trains rolling through a thousand feet of tracks in a highly-detailed miniature landscape of the Columbia River Gorge. Then, it was off to the "End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center" in Oregon City, where Jones interviewed historian and costumed interpreter John Jarvie.

Jones hinted that this may not be the last time you might find "Destination Oregon" filming on the streets of Inner Southeast Portland.

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