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U.S. Route 26 is rich with history.
Portions of the highway retrace the original Oregon Trail as it travels from Ogallala, Nebraska, through Wyoming and Idaho on its way west to the Oregon coast.
The stretch of highway that runs from Downtown Portland to the coast was nicknamed Sunset Highway for the sunset emblem worn by the Portland-based 41st Infantry Division, which, according to the Oregon Historical Society, was among the first U.S. troops to deploy in WWII after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
In the late 1970s, a large retail development named Tanasbourne was established along the highway, 11 miles west of downtown Portland. As detailed by Wikipedia, the name is “a hybrid of the Middle English term bourn and tenas from the Chinook jargon. The latter term translates as small and the former as creek, giving the term tanasbourne the meaning of small, pretty creeks.”
The Oil Can Henry’s – Tanasbourne service center opened its doors two decades ago, on May 13, 1996, to serve local drivers and employees of burgeoning nearby companies such as Intel and Nike.
The center has grown with the community and today is renowned for the quick, convenient and thorough service provided by its friendly, trained technicians.
Congratulations to the fantastic crew at Oil Can Henry’s in Tanasbourne, Oregon. Thanks for your hard work!
And a tip of our Gatsby to the five other centers celebrating May anniversaries:
* Corvallis, OR. 14 years (5/4/02)
* Florence, OR. 8 years (5/23/08)
* Newport, OR. 14 years (5/13/02)
* Sierra Vista, AZ. 27 years (5/18/89)
* Wenatchee, WA. 7 years (5/20/09)