Looking for something to do for Valentine’s Day week? Look no further than the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s free lecture series. The series kicks off on Thursday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation by Oregon author Ed Kamholz.

Edward J. Kamholz grew up in Vernonia, Oregon, home of Oregon-American operations. His grandfather, Alfred “Paddy” Hughes, was the chief electrician of the Vernonia mill. He co-authored the book, The Oregon-American Lumber Company: Ain’t No More. He has given presentations all over the Pacific Northwest on Oregon’s logging industry and transportation.

Portland, Oregon's Union Station, early 1900's.

Portland, Oregon’s Union Station, early 1900’s.

This is Kamholz’s second time at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, but his presentation couldn’t be anymore different from his last. He will be discussing the luster of a bygone era, of a time when trains were the way to get where you needed ago. With historic images of some converted or closed depot stations and even Portland’s Union Station, he will share the story of Oregon’s railway system. Starting with the Oregon’s first wooden tramway. Join us in a journey through the history of Oregon’s transportation systems through today.
All of this is part of the Oregon Historical Railroads Project, of which Kamholz is an active member. The project’s object is to map all Oregon’s historical railroads from 1846 until now and in so doing, give a virtual roadmap illustrating how Anglo culture and much of today’s vehicular road infrastructure developed throughout the state.

This is the perfect presentation for those who love maps, who love tales of bygone eras, and who especially love the romanticism associated with traveling by train. This presentation is free and open to the public.