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Canby Heritage Trail plaques are attached to 10 sites, marking the trail as ready to go

Canby's past is officially posted after city workers installed the plaques for its heritage trail program recently.

Plaques were installed on the 10 sites Canby's Historic Review Board included in the city's first heritage trail "Exploring Community Connections: The Downtown Canby Heritage Trail," which was launched in August 2016. SUBMITTED PHOTO - laques designating the Canby Heritage Trail were installed last week at 10 sites around the downtown area.

"This trail features 10 sites that represent a century of Canby's history and reflect how the community has evolved over time; change has been a constant in the story of Canby," said Carol Palmer, Historic Review Board president.

The oldest site, Baker Prairie Cemetery, was established in 1863, while the newest, the Canby Union Bank building (now Wells Fargo), was built in 1964.

Three of the sites are connected to local businesses (and families) still in operation. The Oddfellows building (site 3, and currently home of Backstop Bar & Grill) and the Knight Building (site 4, and currently home of Red Door Antiques) were once occupied by Canby Plumbing, founded over century ago and still operated by the Sandsness family. The Cutsforth family opened a meat market in 1928 on the seventh stop on this trail, the beginning of their long-tenure in Canby.

The plaques were installed by Canby Public Works employees Michael Nakano and Ken Daniels, with guidance from Jamie Stickel, Canby's Main Street manager.

"This is a great project, it celebrates Canby's history and promotes tourism, bringing people to our local businesses," said Stickel.

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