This might be the right time for an Amtrak train ride to Oregon. Most major states in the western part of the United States have a pretty flexible schedule, so hop aboard and “toot toot”, there is your train.
Albany, Oregon is served by Amtrak Cascades and the Coastal Starlight passenger trains. Not only is this a wonderful way to travel to visit distant relatives, have a little vacation but sightsee and enjoy the ride as well.
When you arrive in Albany, you will get off at a train station that was constructed in 1909 for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Built of masonry, it is one of the oldest continually operating passenger stations in the United States. Of course it has been renovated since its original construction for complete safety and pleasing curb appeal. Eleven Million dollars was spent coming from different sources. Federal, state, local and Amtrak money directed the Oregon Department of Transportation to restore and complete it in 2006.
You will have connective access to the inner city by the Valley Retriever, a reliable bus line. Amtrak and the Retriever share the station, which is very convenient. The bus line transports customers to the Oregon coast with regular service schedules that fit many needs with firm fares both one way or round trip.
Albany Is a sprawling, growing, inland town of the western part of Oregon. Since it is the county seat of Linn County, most of Albany rests in that with a small portion in Benton County.
Incorporated in 1864, Albany tallies a population of nearly 41,000 with the 2000 census taking. Then when the numbers were again examined in 2007, Albany was the 11th largest city in Oregon. Growth is continually occurring in Albany since the unofficial estimate of population was just under 49,000 in 2008.
It is no wonder why this town has drawn so many to reside in the relatively flat terrain. Elevation is 210 feet making it ideal for farming, building, culture and many prosperous businesses. The cleanliness of the streets tells you how each resident takes pride in where they life to keep it tidy.
Oh, the history of this town is exciting to tell, so let me just touch on some, so you can share in the wonder of a little bit. The Monteith brothers were the first European settlers to claim Albany as a town site. They bought the papers from a squatter Hiram Smeed for $400 and a horse. It was named after their hometown in New York. Since they were quite affluent, their house was considered the finest house in Oregon at that time. With the construction of the home in 1849, they opened a general store in their parlor that same year. The house remains today even though it has been moved from it’s original spot.
Albany is known as the rare metals capital of the world with the production of zirconium, hafnium and titanium. The local farmers shine too with the exportation of grass seed and other valued crops from the orchards and fields. Visit the fine art and music festivals most of which are free and filled with talent beyond words. Museums are plural in this town and a must see for a look back in time to appreciate the flavor of Albany, Oregon.