McKenzie River Reflections - Make the McKenzie Connection!

Invitation to area taking shape

Masons are installing a welcoming landmark


August 4, 2022 | View PDF

Steve Perkins, along with crew members Brent Relling and Jimmy Smith from Hap's Masonry of Eugene brought their own shade to the worksite as they labored through heat dome days while installing a new landmark. The double-sided McKenzie Welcome sign is going up across from the Hwy. 126/Millican Road junction.

WALTERVILLE: Masons have been busy recently laying blocks and mortar in a downriver filbert field. The design involves a double-sided 20 ft. wide by 15 ft. tall structure that was designed for highway traveler readability.

Property owner Joel Clements says he was happy to donate a spot on his family's 30 acres of filberts for the installation. The Clements previously allowed the McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce to place one of the community locater signs there as well.

"It just felt like the perfect spot for it," Joel said. "It's got great visibility and we're happy to be involved in promoting the community, especially after the last couple of years with the fire."

The Chamber agrees, noting that "the gateway signs will have even greater significance as a way to help encourage and give hope to communities and residents as they rebuild following the devastating Holiday Farm Fire."

A similar sign will also be installed near the Hwy. 20/Hwy. 126 on the McKenzie Pass to welcome people as they enter the area from the east.


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