The 1913 railroad bridge across the Willamette River as it appeared at its reopening for pedestrian use in 2009.
SHINE is an acronym for Salem Heritage Network (SHN), a group of Salem residents involved in promoting our cultural resources and preserving historical properties. They were active in the Salem Vision 20-20 project. They were involved in financing and constructing the Salem Cultural Heritage Guide, published in October 2014.
This website is a result of their efforts to celebrate this city's heritage, outlining the story of the city of Salem from 1860 until 2012 when the series ended. To read about an event or year, use the white box in the upper left corner of this page to search. This is an index, so you may see several references before you scroll down to the information you want. Like searching in an encyclopedia, you may be distracted by the variety of information! If you want to browse, the most recent past year is below, the earlier years following in sequence. Entries are often up-dated with new links or photographs. At the end of each year's profile, there is an opportunity to comment. We welcome suggestions and corrections.
Historic photographs are used courtesy of the Salem Public Library. Search for additional photos at Oregon Historic Photograph Collections (http://photos.salemhistory.net). Photos from private of state collections are as noted. Contemporary photographs are those of T.N. Green, Jr.
While you are on SHINE, take any of our six historic walking tours listed on the right column of this page. Created in 2008, we update them as historic structures and the cityscape change.
We hope you enjoy our "armchair" journeys through these years of Salem history.