Road trip to Oregon’s Elvis shrine, historic bridge house

By Dan Hiestand, Houstory

So, a few weeks ago my wife and I hopped in the car and took a drive from our home in Eugene, Ore. to the sandy — and much chillier — Oregon coast. Our destination was a sleepy town called Florence, a seaside community as well as a tourist destination for many in  the area. Situated at the mouth of the  Siuslaw River, Florence was the site of a barbecue competition my brother-in-law Eric was competing in.


DESTINATION: FLORENCE, OREGON. Image courtesy of Google Maps.

Along the way, my wife Tasi and I were met with several welcome distractions — including a stop at Shake, Rattle & Roll Record Shop in Mapleton, Ore., and a photo op of a bridge house just outside of Florence at a place called Cushman Bridge.

First, Shake, Rattle & Roll: Not that I’ve been actively seeking an extensive collection of Elvis collectibles and memorabilia, but if I were this seems like a pretty good place to start. Darrel Dixon, the shop’s proprietor, was a super nice guy for starters. He said he got most of the collection “7 or 8 years ago” from an Oregon woman. She obviously really dug on The King, because the place is a shrine. Two rooms full of stuff. Personally, I have two  obvious connections to Elvis. First, my I share his birthday (Jan. 8). Second — and this is what drew me to the store — is my niece (and goddaugher) Jessica’s affinity for the man, which started when she was probably three or four years old. In my opinion, Jessica is an “old soul” in a lot of ways, which I completely love. Now at the age of 20, she still maintains a mini Elvis altar herself, so whenever I see a chance for her to add to the collection, I let her know about opportunities.

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Elvis Heaven


The second stop along the trip was a picture I snapped of an old swing bridge — unofficially known as Cushman Bridge — crossing the slow-moving Siuslaw River. According to information I could find (but not officially substantiate), it was built in 1914 near the unincorporated community of Cushman. On top of it is a house-like structure, which I thought made for an interesting house history shot — even though it was likely never used as a permanent residence.

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The historic bridge house.


The final leg on the trip was the barbecue competition. My brother-in-law is a genius when it comes to all things smoked, and his ever-expanding barbecue competition trophy case is a testament to that. This time, he placed first in the rib competition.  And yes, they were tasty. To visit his barbecue world, check out his Facebook page. But don’t blame me if you get slobber on your keyboard.


Yes, I got free barbecue. It pays to be a relative.

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Eric (right) with my father-in-law Jim, showing off his first-place trophy.

Houstory, Heirloom Registry Featured in Latest Antique Trader Magazine

By Dan Hiestand, Houstory Marketing Director

Mike and I are proud to say we’ve been featured in the latest issue of Antique Trader Magazine!


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The Jan. 23 Antique Trader cover

Antique Trader, a magazine published 26 times per year in Iola, Wis., has served the antiques and collectibles community since 1957. Antique Trader magazine has a weekly circulation of more than 50,000 readers and more than 3,000 unique daily visitors to its website and serves up more than 1 million page views every year. Its blog has been rated one of the most widely read on antiques and collectibles.

Needless to say, this was a pretty big deal for us! Antique Trader editor Antoinette Rahn said The Heirloom Registry is a beneficial service for antique collectors, antique dealers and family historians when utilized.

“A great many collectors are drawn to an item for the memories and experiences that surround it; it’s what helps define its character,” said Rahn. “Whether it’s grandma’s silver flatware, dad’s fishing lure collection, or the dresser a couple finds at a little antique shop on their honeymoon, every piece carries a piece of someone’s life with it. The Heirloom Registry affords people the opportunity to preserve, reflect and celebrate that nostalgia today and for years to come. It solidifies the nostalgia and its importance in a person’s life.”

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