Nothing tells a story like a picture can. I love looking through historic photographs of the Cottage Grove area, and I love to include them with my posts whenever I can.
Over time, I’ve discovered three useful collections of photographs, and whenever I want to find a historical photograph these are the sites I turn to first. Each of the collections has its own type of photographs, so getting familiar with all of them has been very helpful.
When I discovered this site I lost two hours of my morning as I searched through the database of photographs! For anyone who likes historical photographs, take care when entering here as it might be addicting. The photographs appear to be well tagged, so keyword searches work very well. A simple search on “Cottage Grove” brought up 759 photographs of the town, its residents, and the surrounding area (like the Bohemia Mines).
I had the chance to talk with the Registar at the Museum the other day, and she said that all photographs owned by the museum are now included in the database, and they will be adding more as they receive them.
If you want to know about the history of Cottage Grove, the Historical Society is the place to go. With a mission to “preserve and celebrate the history and heritage of the Cottage Grove area” they have a number of online resources, including photographs. Their physical library (located in the Boots and Sandals building 308 S 10th Street) is full of additional information. While the online database is not as friendly and easy to search as the Lane County Museum, they do have amazing photographs of the Cottage Grove area.
The Salem Public Library provides access to six collections of photographs, however the photos available on this website extend far beyond the Salem area. I’ve used many of them here at My South Lane. A search on “Cottage Grove” brought up 54 images, but the collection is richer than that as you begin poking around.