The public is invited to a talk by local historian Lloyd Palmer at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting about the history of the railroad line into Toledo.
Palmer has been interested in the railroad history of Oregon for the past forty-five years and currently serves as Historian for the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society in Toledo. He authored the book “Steam Towards the Sunset, the Railroad History of Lincoln County” which was first published by the Lincoln County Historical Society in 1982 and has since been reprinted twice.
Mr. Palmer is a native Oregonian and graduated from Sheridan High School before serving in the US Navy from 1955 until 1969. After graduating from Chemeketa Community College with a degree in forestry he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service at Waldport. Serving in the Timber Department, Palmer spent almost his entire career at the Waldport Ranger Station before retiring in 2003.
Since that time, Palmer has remained active in the researching of Oregon’s railroad history and the photographing of trains throughout the western states. Collecting old photos and maps, hiking and documenting abandoned railroad grades and writing the occasional magazine article takes up much of his time. In addition to his involvement in the railroad club at Toledo he is also a member of the pacific northwest chapter, located in Portland, of the National Railway Historical Society.
Please join us Thursday March 3rd at 6:30 for this presentation in the public room of the Central Lincoln People’s Utility District Offices, across Highway 101 from Safeway in Newport.