A new Oregon Film Trail sign has been installed in Oregon City, honoring the town’s starring role as a location in the popular teen drama, Twilight. It sits along the McLoughlin Promenade, overlooking the former Blue Heron paper mill where scenes from the iconic vampire movie were shot. The Mill has also been featured in The Hunted and Grimm. The Works Progress Administration-era Promenade has itself been featured in scenes from The Librarians and Trinkets.
The current pandemic situation didn’t allow for a large public dedication but instead, City officials and local tourism advocates attended a photo opportunity with the sign at the dedication. Oregon Film was there to help celebrate and welcome the 27th sign to the Oregon Film Trail.
The sign was placed along the Promenade’s walking path, with an extraordinary view of the mill, Downtown Oregon City and the Willamette River. The Downtown has itself been the used in the filming of movies that include Bandits and Homer and Eddie.
Dating back to 1909, Oregon has a rich and interesting film history with well over 500 feature films & television shows that have utilized thousands of locations around the state for a wide variety of production backdrops. Today, Oregon continues to be a destination for creative media producers from around the world. From Emmy winning television productions, to Oscar-nominated feature films; world-class animated films to award-winning interactive games – Oregon is a brand unto itself.
Oregon Film, in partnership with the Oregon Made Creative Foundation, created the Oregon Film Trail featuring signage located at strategic points around the state. The creation of the Trail aims to strengthen the correlation between the film/TV industry, economic development, and tourism as well as celebrating unique Oregon locations that are iconic in their own right. The sign was paid for in part by a grant from Travel Oregon.