Vintage cars wanted for re-enactment of first car trip between Newport and Siletz Bay 100 years ago…
VINTAGE CARS WANTED FOR CARAVAN
CELEBRATING 100th ANNIVERSARY OF CAR TRIP
(Story and photo provided by LC Historical Society)
If you own a vintage car, you’re invited to participate in a car caravan from Newport to Lincoln City at 9 a.m. Friday, July 20. The caravan is part of a week-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first automobile trip from Newport’s Bayfront to Siletz Bay in north Lincoln County. Four men, called the Pathfinders, took the 46-mile round-trip, which required about 23 hours plus ingenuity and numerous tools. The goal of the trip was to promote the need for better roads to increase business and tourism as part of the Commercial Club’s good roads program. The Commercial Club was a forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce.
The celebration begins with the opening of the exhibit “Cars: Motoring the Coast” at the Burrows House Museum of the Lincoln County Historical Society at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14. It will be followed by a talk at 2 p.m. by Jim Stembridge, author of Pathfinder, The First Automobile Trip from Newport to Siletz Bay, Oregon July, 1912, which is available in the museum bookstores for $2.95.
The kickoff for the Friday, July 20 events will be at 9 a.m. on Newport’s historic Bayfront in front of Bayscapes Gallery and Coffeehouse, which will provide free coffee and pastries. Newport Mayor Mark McConnell and County Commissioner Bill Hall will read proclamations declaring Pathfinder Days. The car caravan will leave about 9:30 and will follow some of the original route. It will stop about 11:30 at Fogarty Creek for an interpretive performance and will continue on to Roadhouse 101 where Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson will read a proclamation. Participants can purchase discounted lunches at Roadhouse 101. All day on Friday cruises by Marine Discovery Tours will be buy one, get one free.
Events for Saturday, July 21, include an 11 a.m. showing of American Graffiti at the Bijou Theatre; a 1 p.m. talk by Stembridge at North Lincoln County Historical Museum, which also will feature a related exhibit, “Roads to the Future.” The Bijou Theatre will have a special movie. A party to conclude the celebration will be held at 4 p.m. in the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center of the Lincoln County Historical Society, 333 SE Bay Blvd. Free refreshments and entertainment by The Ocean, a trio of two guitars and a drum, will play at the event. Dancing is encouraged.
Primary sponsors of the event are the Lincoln County Historical Society and the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. Other donors and sponsors include: Bay Area Merchants Association, Bayscapes Gallery & Coffeehouse, Bijou Theatre, George Collins, Perry Gerber, Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau, Marine Discovery Tours, Newport News Times, Oil Can Henry, Power Automotive, Roadhouse 101, and Jim Stembridge.