Arts and culture

Political cartoonist Homer Davenport's self-portrait, November 1901

Political cartoonist Homer Davenport’s self-portrait, November 1901

Points of interest

  • Silverton is the gateway to Silver Falls State Park, Oregon’s largest state park.
  • The Oregon Garden, an 80-acre (32 ha) botanical park, is in Silverton.
  • Gordon House, located on the grounds of Silverton’s Oregon Garden, is the only house in the Pacific Northwest designed by Frank Lloyd Wright which is open to the public. Gordon House was one of the last of Lloyd Wright’s famed Usonian designs.
  • Silverton has a number of outsized murals, including Norman Rockwell‘s The Four Freedoms painted on the side of a building located at 402 Main Street in Silverton, and visible from Second Street.
  • Every August, the Homer Davenport Community Festival celebrates Silverton’s most famous citizen—writer, political cartoonist, and Arabian horse breeder Homer Davenport (1867–1912)—with exhibits, entertainment, an arts and crafts fair, rides, races, contests, a cartooning competition, a party, and a parade.
  • Saturday’s Farmers Market showcases the produce and wares of local farmers and artisans.
  • The first bank robbery and chase scene in the movie Bandits (starring Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton) was filmed in Silverton.
  • The Palace Theater in Silverton’s Commercial Historic District is a movie theater constructed in the early 1900s. Originally called the Opera House, it has been showing motion pictures to the public since at least 1909. The Palace Theater has survived two fires, one in 1935 that destroyed a large portion of downtown, and the other in April 2012. The 2012 fire was mostly limited to the concession area, although the smoke damage was extensive and caused at least one other business to temporarily close. One of the current co-owners of the theater is the former mayor, Stu Rasmussen, the first openly transgender mayor in the United States.

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