5 Things We Love: Toledo, Ore.

Explore local art and history in a shipbuilding and lumber-mill town near Oregon's Yaquina Bay. 

Boatwright Bob Deming at Depot Slough in Toledo, Ore., image

Boatwright Bob Deming adjusts a clamp at Depot Slough in Toledo, Ore.    

The past and present get along famously in Toledo, Ore., a 147-year-old shipbuilding and lumber-mill center near Yaquina Bay, where traditional maritime pursuits have melded with a budding arts scene to create an uncommonly enchanting small town. Area code is 541.

  • At Depot Slough at the end of Main Street on Friday or Saturday you can borrow a free handcrafted canoe from volunteers at the new floating boathouse just seven miles from the sea. 336-5207, portoftoledo.org.
  • One Spot, a 1922 steam locomotive that hauled timber for the mill, stands near a 1907 restored wooden caboose, the oldest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Wander in and get the lowdown from the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society. 336-5256, yaquinapacificrr.org.
  • At Pig Feathers, barbecue master Stu Miller makes a hauntingly fine, smoky sauce for his pulled-pork sandwich. Or pick from a list of burgers and chicken wings. 336-1833, pigfeathersbbq.com.
  • Impressionist paintings by Michael Gibbons are on exhibit in the Old Vicarage Gallery, a 1926 cedar shake building that’s also a “house museum” displaying local art. 336-2797, michaelgibbons.net.
  • Raucous cockatiels add a fluttery, tropical touch to the Gallery, Main Street’s newest repository of antique tables and metal sculptures. One big statue depicts a pipe-smoking mariner in a bright yellow slicker. 961-5828.

Photography by Greg Vaughn

This article was first published in March 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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