Marion County celebrates 175 years
In anticipation of the 175th anniversary of the founding of Marion County, the Board of Commissioners planned to hold its regular board session at the Champoeg Visitor Center on May 2.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and the public is encouraged to attend.
The visitor center is located at 8239 Champoeg Road N.E., St. Paul, inside the Champoeg Heritage Area State Park.
The meeting will include historical presentations featuring Champoeg State Visitor Center Park Manager John Mullen; Native American historian David G. Lewis, Ph.D.; Greg Leo from the Friends of Historic Butteville; and a special appearance by historical interpreter Michael Tieman from the Oregon Society Sons of the American Revolution, as Gen. Francis Marion.
May 2 marks the 175th anniversary of the historic vote at Champoeg on the formation of Oregon's first provisional government on May 2, 1843. Two months later on July 5, 1843, the Oregon Territory Provisional Government was formally established and divided into four districts including Tuality, Yamhill, Clackamas and Champooick, which was later renamed Champoeg and finally designated as Marion County in 1849.
The board session kicks off Marion County's "175 Years of Service" celebration for the remainder of 2018. The county is planning special festivities as part of the annual Marion County Fair, a self-guided tour of Marion County, 175 things to do in Marion County in partnership with Travel Salem, and more.