Business History

1895 Local Business Adsdowntown

See local business advertisements from 1895.

Early Downtown before 1898

First Hotels

The first hotel in Oregon is the EXCHANGE HOTEL, which was built in 1845 on the south side of the square. This business failed and the hotel was then purchased by Richard Chandler. It became known as the CHANDLER HOTEL.

First Village Library

The first library was established in Oregon in 1908 when Mrs. William Bennett started a lending library in a room above the Criddle Drug Store (now Señor Peppers). In 1914, the library moved to the second story of the McDermott building above where the Chocolate Caper is located today.

Historic Railroad Employee Clothing

The ideal complement to the new railroad diorama exhibit is the donation of a conductor’s uniform received from Oregon resident, Dick Richardson.

Home Owned Store

A photo of Steve Madsen’s store in downtown Oregon.

July 4th, 1918 Celebration and Red Cross Auction

Read about the July 4th, 1918 Celebration and Oregon Business Donations for the Red Cross Auction.

Oregon Area Historical Society’s 30th Anniversary (1987-2017)

Pump House & Water Tower Restoration

On June 6, 2017, the restoration of Oregon’s “Tin Man” was completed.  Watch a video and find out more information about this community project led by Randy Glysch.

Railroad Comes to Oregon

The Beloit and Madison Railroad (later part of the Chicago and Northwestern) extended the line through the village, giving Oregon an advantage over the outlying settlements. Oregon was an important nucleus of trade, a shipping point for livestock to the Chicago market (1890-1930).

Village Presidents

Oregon Village Presidents from 1883 to present.

Waterfall Restaurant and Motel

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