Short cuts are meant to get you where you’re going a whole lot faster, but there are some back road rest stops where you’ll want to put on the brakes, catch your breath and savor a unique perspective on Oregon’s past. This week, we take a rest behind the scenes at a word of mouth museum in Washington County where a life long local hangs on to history for your enjoyment at the one and only “Three Mile Museum.”

Winter’s hold seems firm and lasting across Oregon on a day marked by more fresh snowfall. The snow lights up the scene across the coast range mountain foothills. While across the Tualatin Valley, it’s quiet times and the farming life is mostly indoors.

Tom Meier is a life long learner and self-proclaimed ‘protector’ of Oregon’s past at a place you’ve likely missed. It’s a home for one of a kind farm tools that got the jobs done when ingenuity was born of necessity; items headed for the landfill and irreverent death. Rescued items like cowboy spurs, old film projectors and even older telephones.

For decades Meier has scoured old homesteads and family estate sales and gathered items that can leave you scratching your head. It is a collection that continues to grow each day inside a place that just makes you feel good to see that someone cares this much about our past.

Tom admits that his 40 years of pack rat-ing Oregon memorabilia selectively. The former grade school teacher is adamant that we risk losing ourselves when we lose touch with where we’ve come from and his Three Mile Museum is a tie that binds us with our stuff and Oregon’s past with the present.

Meier’s word of mouth Three Mile Museum doesn’t require an admission fee, but it does require a reservation to visit; especially for small groups of people. Tom Meier asks visitors to contact him in advance at Thomasmeier@frontier.com

About the Author: Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.

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  1. Amy says…

    I wish I had known about this place when I lived in Oregon. I love historical sites and items!

    Written on March 3rd, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  2. Don says…

    Where is the Three Mile Museum?

    Written on March 4th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  3. Elaine says…

    What is the address of this museum? We would love to go visit it.

    Written on March 5th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  4. Sheila Renwick says…

    Why is it that there is no address as to how to find this museum?
    I liked your interview with him, and all the information about this
    museum, but nothing about how any of us can find it.

    Could you include that in the information on the web in the future?

    Thank you
    Sheila Renwick

    Written on March 5th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  5. richard delplanche says…

    I as a resident off cornelius for 56 years have never heard about your musuem.Am glad you are preseving the past .I have a few treasures of my own .Some day i wish to visit with you .Thanks again for preserving our great heritige.richard

    Written on March 5th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  6. Rhiannon West Chamberlain says…

    Reservations are required to visit Three Mile Museum. To make a reservation you can contact the owner at: Thomasmeier@frontier.com.

    Enjoy!

    Rhiannon, Travel Oregon

    Written on March 7th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  7. Grant says…

    Hi folks -

    As noted in our story, Tom prefers that you contact him directly via email to arrange a visit. He wants to give each visitor the personal attention they and his collections deserve.

    He looks to forward to meeting and chatting with new visitors all the time, so drop Tom an email to schedule your tour.

    Thanks for watching and thanks for taking time to write.

    Grant

    Written on March 7th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  8. Cathie Glowa says…

    Michael and I love your Grant Getaway on TV and have set to record in case we are away. Looking for to going to Three-Mile Museum. Michael is an avid fisherman and especially like your episodes on fishing in various part of Oregon. We live in Wheeler and enjoy a beautiful view of Nehalem Bay.

    Written on March 9th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  9. Grant says…

    Thanks for the kind words Cathie!

    I am pleased to hear you enjoy watching our segments on Travel Oregon.

    Be sure to check out our weekly half hour program too.

    It airs each Saturday @7:30pm on KGW-TV and all of our segments center on Oregon’s people, places and outdoor activities.

    Thanks for watching!

    Written on March 9th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  10. Shane K says…

    Great paraphrase from Tom Meier, “We risk loosing touch with ourselves, when we loose touch with where we’ve come from”.

    Written on June 4th, 2011 / Flag this Comment

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