Territory Tales Podcast

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory has a wonderful diversity of attractions, ranging from exciting outdoor adventures, a rich heritage and culture, and amazing farms, wineries and breweries. What makes these even more special is the people who made these attractions. Territory Tales is a podcast telling the stories behind the fascinating men and women who make Mt. Hood Territory a world-class destination.


The Story Behind: The Kitchen at Middleground Farms

What can make someone trade in a calculator for kitchen apron? A love for food and a passion for ensuring quality at all stages, from the moment it's planted to when it ends up on your plate. Learn how Kitchen at Middleground Farms is more than a clever name but part of a motto, and how you can take some of the most fun and delicious cooking classes out there. 

The Story Behind: Sam Drevo and eNRG Kayaking

Imagine going from not even liking water to becoming an Olympic paddler. That's the story of Sam Drevo, owner of eNRG Kayaking. Our latest podcast tells the story of how he became part of the US Olympic team, open a business and become a steward of Oregon's rivers.   

The Story Behind: Alpacas At Marquam Hill Ranch

Alpacas are prized for their fiber, which is known for being soft, durable and for being hypoallergenic Bill and Jennifer Cameron started Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch 15 years ago and in that time have quickly become one of the leading alpaca ranches around. Their story is as fascinating as the animals are adorable. Hear how these two shifted gears to become alpaca ranchers in our latest Territory Tales Podcast.  

The Story Behind: Cliff Barrackman and the North American Bigfoot Center

Did you know that Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory is home to more reported Bigfoot sightings than anywhere else in Oregon? That's why Finding Bigfoot star Cliff Barrackman is opening the North American Bigfoot Center in the town of Boring, just outside the Mt. Hood National Forest. Cliff is a leader in the Bigfoot community and wanted to open this museum to help inform those who haven't been exposed to the truths behind the sasquatch. The museum opens in mid July, 2019. 

The Story Behind: Pickathon

In its 21 years, Pickathon has grown from a small gathering to a model of how a festival can focus on experience over profits, and be successful. From limiting tickets based on comfort of attendees versus getting as many people as possible in the gates, eliminating almost all waste, this music festival is leading the way. Hear how it came to be from the event founder, Zale Shoenborn.

Dan Davis with the Bureau of Land Management

Dan Davis is with the Bureau of Land Management, an entity responsible for some of the most beautiful recreation areas throughout Mt. Hood Territory. The story of how Dan went from a veteran learning to cope with a return to civilian life to finding his solace in the outdoors and then helping others do the same is fascinating and inspiring. Our latest podcast learns the story behind Dan Davis and the Bureau of Land Management. 

Red Hammer Forge

At an age when most people are looking at retirement, Bob Denman started a whole new career and business forging custom garden implements at Red Pig Tools in Boring, Oregon. Now, when most people have been enjoying retirement for quite some time, he’s changing directions again and revamping his business to include all sorts of custom blacksmith projects with Red Hammer Forge. Hear the story of how this man keeps himself young through his work that he shares with the public at his home-based forge and store.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is a beautiful annual event that brings thousands of people to the fields in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. The story behind how Wooden Shoe went from a simple farm to a major attraction is as fascinating as the blooms are gorgeous.

St. Josef's Winery

St. Josef's Winery is one of the first in a region that is now known the world over for creating quality wines. Now run by the founder's daughter and her husband, St. Josef's Winery truly is a family run business. Hear the fascinating story of how this award-winning winery came to be. 

Timberline Lodge

Our second podcast tells the story of Timberline Lodge, and how this iconic retreat on Mt. Hood was almost lost to history. Learn about Jeff Kohnstamm and his father, who made the world-famous Timberline Lodge and Ski Area what it is today.

Coin Toss Brewing

Our first podcast is with Tim Hohl, owner of Coin Toss Brewing in Oregon City. Tim is a self-ascribed beer geek and history nerd. Somehow he found a way to combine those two passions into a history-themed brewery in Oregon City, the official End of the Oregon Trail. Oregon City itself is home to quite the booming craft beverage industry, and Tim talks about how the community works together to build a popular scene.

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