George D. Spong was the eldest son of Alexander and Margaret Spong who came to Oregon on a wagon train in 1851. Shortly after arrival, the Spong's took up a land donation claim along the Willamette River and started a ferry enterprise. Drowning seems to be an ironic fate for Geo. whose family capitalized on the river's prospects. Salem's bridges gapped the geography between Salem and West Salem and eventually forced the Spong's out of business. Today, Spong's Landing Park, west of Keizer, still serves as a popular kayak/canoe launch site and swimming hole.
To honor Moms and all the hard work we do, the museum invited mothers to a fun filled day for free. Cha-ching! I actually wasn't able to capitalize on the savings opportunity. I had to work...hard. Pictured is one of my favorite attractions at the museum. I don't recall what it's called but it's some kind of kinetic thermal screen. It detects and traces your body movements in psychedelic colors ala an old Led Zeppelin video.
Once one the nation's smallest amusement parks, Thrill-Ville closed it's doors for good last year because of rising insurance costs. All the park's attractions are currently for sale including The Giant Slide. You can take this beauty home for a mere $22,000. I wonder what shipping costs would be? No matter, it's still a bargain.