And if you're feeling contemplative, there might be no better time to visit the historic cemeteries in Salem.
|Cherry trees in the cemetery|
Here's Watt Shipp's family monument in City View Cemetery.
|Watt Shipp's family burial plot|
|Watt Shipp (on quad, second from left) in 1898 at Fairgrounds|
Notice the huge chainring where Shipp stands!
|Patent for a head lamp bracket in 1909|
|The Cherry Fair "Electric Parade" on Commercial|
at night in front of Watt Shipp's.
(2004.010.0004 Print, Photographic.
The Willamette Heritage Center)
|Watt Shipp, Powder King|
Though City View records aren't directly online, burials for the Lee Cemetery on D Street and for the Pioneer Cemetery are online and they're mostly google-able, too. Maybe there's someone in Salem's history you're curious about? See if you can find their burial site and go pay your respects.
Or work it the other way. Go for a walk and write down a few names on monuments you find interesting and then research them when you get home.
Either is a great way to learn about our history.