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Folks Stroll Through Historic Washburne Neighborhood

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — There was an unexpected turnout for Springfield’s first historic walking tour Saturday morning.

Lane Transit District and the City of Springfield came up with the event.

They hoped it would encourage folks to get out of their cars and into other forms of transportation.

About 30 people gathered at Ebbert Memorial Church in Springfield for a historic walking tour of the Washburne neighborhood.

The group walked through about 20 different homes. Many of them 100 years or older.

It is the only historic neighborhood left in Springfield.

People also got a glimpse of the rare architecture and character of the homes.

“The value and importance of it is that you retain those neighborhood and neighborly connections. And I think it’s rare in this day and age to know what your neighbors names are,” said tour guide Nancy Gronfeldt.

The tour finished at the Springfield Museum where participants were encouraged to head in and learn more about the history of the city.

Another local walking tour is set to take place again next summer.

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