An Oregon Tradition - Salem, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 44° 56.581 W 123° 02.118
10T E 497215 N 4976621
Marker noting corporate history and the location of Salem High School
Waymark Code: WMJ2QJ
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 09/13/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 1

This marker notes the history of this location, although with a heavy emphasis on corporate history. Prior to the late 1930s, this was the location of the old Salem High School. In the late 30s, it became the Federal Art Center, part of a Works Progress Administration initiative.

The text of the marker reads:

An Oregon Tradition

Meier & Frank Company, located on this site in
October 1955, after the move of Salem High School to
its present North Salem High School/14th Street NE
setting. It was the first Meier & Frank store outside
of Portland. Gerry Frank, Store Manager and great-
grandson of Meier & Frank founder Aaron Meier,
used innovative marketing strategies to lead the
Salem department store into a national first place
sales position. Salem's Meier & Frank store operated
from 1955 to 1965 as a family-directed business;
it was then sold to the May Department Stores, who
continued to operate under the Meier & Frank name.
In 2006, the institution again changed hands, this
time to Macy's, where it continues an Oregon
department store tradition since its 1857 origins.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: City Government

Marker Type: City

Region: Willamette Valley

County: Marion

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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