BMD Time Traveling Train


Sponsored by Pacific Power and Bohemia Sunrisers Kiwanis Club of Cottage Grove

As BMD events continue to expand beyond Coiner Park with a stronger focus on cultural heritage, we have added a (track-less) train Friday through Saturday to serve as a people mover between the festival’s key venues. It is also a fun way to play the new popular BMD Historical Treasure Hunt.

This year we have five train stations:Bohemia City in Coiner Park, the Carnival in Bohemia Park, the Cottage Grove Museum (H & Ash Ave.), All America City Square (Seventh & Main)

BMD has free parking near Coiner Park and there are several free lots in the Downtown Historic District. The train helps you visit off-site venues without moving your vehicle and makes the downtown a lot more accessible to Coiner and Bohemia Parks. Bring your camera for great photo opportunities as you step back in time and enjoy all the murals, many unique downtown businesses and nearby museums and the Centennial Covered Bridge in the Historic Downtown District.

The train will also be in the Grand Miner's Parade on Saturday. All Aktion Club Kids in Cottage Grove are welcome to aboard train around 9:30 prior to the parade start time.


Cottage Grove Historical Museum |‘H’ and Birch |
Hours: Friday 2-6; Saturday 11-6; Sunday 11-4 p.m. 
Located amid beautiful Victorian-era homes in the original Catholic Church octagonal building. Loaded with historical treasures -- including a coat of a Titanic survivor.


Dr. Snapp House | 360 South River Road (near the swinging bridge)
Hours: Thursday 4-6 p.m.; Friday Noon-6 p.m.; Saturday Noon-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 am - 3 p.m.
Cottage Grove’s only historic Victorian house open to the public was built by one of the town’s first doctors in 1886. Rescued from a scheduled “burn-to-learn” exercise the Prospectors & Golddiggers Club bought it for one dollar and moved it to its present location near the swinging bridge that connects Slabtown to Lemati..


Centennial Covered Bridge | next to City Hall at Main and River Road.
Dedicated in 1987 to celebrate Cottage Grove’s centennial, the foot bridge was reconstructed from pieces of other dismantled covered bridges and placed on the pilings of the original bridge at the west end of Main Street.


Applegate Trail Interpretive Site at Veterans Memorial Park | West end of the Centennial Covered Bridge
A series of museum-like displays that describe the history of the Applegate Trail, a wagon trail that was the southern route of the Oregon Trail. It passed through Cottage Grove (Slabtown) in the gold rush years of the 19th Century. At the west end of the Centennial Covered Bridge, at the base of the flagpole, is a plaque honoring our war veterans.


BMD Quilt Show & Ice Cream Social |Presbyterian Church | Third & Adams | Hours: Friday, Noon – 8 p.m.
Quilt lovers will enjoy this favorite BMD event hosted at the First Presbyterian Church, a historic building designed in the 1950’s by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The popular ice cream social is only from 4-8 p.m. You can take the BMD Express and get off at Adams & Sixth and walk two blocks west to the Presbyterian Church.


BMD Chicken BBQ | Trinity Lutheran Church | Sixth & Quincy | Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. [or sells out]
Since 1985, local Lutherans have hosted this popular event with proceeds benefitting charity. On Saturday train service begins at 11:30 am and will stop at the Lutheran Church between the Bohemia Park and Downtown stations.


Train Hours of Operation
Friday, July 14th, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 15th, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Train Stops, Attractions and Treasure Hunt Checkpoints (*)

  • Station #1: Coiner Park (Basketball Parking Lot)
            Bohemia City
            *Bohemia Gold Miners Association Display
  • Station #2: Bohemia Park Parking Lot
            *Cottage Grove Historical Society (Red Barn Building)
  • Stop: Corner of 6th & Quincy (Saturday only)
           Chicken BBQ at Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Stop: Corner of 6th & Madison
           (Gateway to Swinging Bridge and these Treasure Hunt Checkpoints on South River Road)
            *Dr. Snapp House - Early doctor’s Queen Anne Victorian Home
            *Old Mill Farm Store - Oldest business in town & site of first electricity plant  
            *Chambers Railroad Bridge - Only one of its kind left west of the Mississippi River
  • Stop: Corner of 6th & Adams (Friday Only)
             Quilt/Ice Cream Social at Presbyterian Church
  •  Station #3: All-American City Square (7th & Main)  
           Historic Downtown Murals, Eateries, & Watering Holes & Unique Shops
           Library & Genealogical Society (Two blocks north of station) 
            *Buster's Bottle Shoppe      
            *The Bookmine
  • Station #4: Centennial Covered Bridge (Corner of Main & RIver Road)  
           Applegate Trail Interpretive Site
           *Books on Main      
           *The Crafty Mercantile
  • Station #5: Cottage Grove Museum (H & Ash Ave.)  
           *Cottage Grove Historical Museum & Annex




  * CG Passport to History locations Pick up passports at CG Historical Society Booth