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Welcome to BMD 2017

Galloping into the Past
By Katherine Smith

Gallop in to the past for the 58th annual Bohemia Mining Days Festival! Animals like horses, oxen and mules played crucial roles during the early mining days. From transporting meat and food for miners to carrying precious gold and

BMD Time Traveling Train

Sponsored by Pacific Power and Bohemia Sunrisers Kiwanis Club of Cottage Grove

BMD has free parking near Coiner Park and there are several free lots in the Downtown Historic District. The train helps you visit off-site venues without moving your vehicle and makes the downtown a lot more accessible to Coiner and Bohemia Parks. Bring your camera for great photo opportunities as you step back in time and enjoy all the murals, many unique downtown businesses and nearby museums and the Centennial Covered Bridge in the Historic Downtown District.

BMD Historical Treasure Hunt 

Discover Cottage Grove – a gold mine of adventure!

  • Friday, July 14, from 2-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Calling all treasure hunters in search of cold, hard cash! Hop aboard the BMD Express(a trackless time traveling train) and chase clues leading you to historical places around town and discovering information about Cottage Grove’s unique and colorful past. All completed treasure maps will be entered into a daily drawing for $100 cash and a bonus $100 cash drawing at Sunday’s Closing Ceremony on the Main Stage at 1:15 p.m.

Pick up your map and game instructions at the welcome booth at the Bohemia City train station (next to the Coiner Park bathroom building). Follow the clues to 13 checkpoints to get your required stamps and return completed maps to the Bohemia City train station to be entered into the cash drawings.

Note: Treasure Hunters are not limited to taking the train to participate in the game and can follow clues in their own vehicles (or on foot since the area involved is much smaller than California’s Magic Kingdom).

Game Sponsor: Cottage Grove Economic Business Improvement District (EBID)

The train will also be in the Grand Miner's Parade on Saturday. All Aktion Club Kids in Cottage Grove are welcome to aboard train around 9:30 prior to the parade start time.


Cottage Grove Historical Museum |‘H’ and Birch |
Hours: Friday 2-6; Saturday 11-6; Sunday 11-4 p.m. 
Located amid beautiful Victorian-era homes in the original Catholic Church octagonal building. Loaded with historical treasures -- including a coat of a Titanic survivor.


Dr. Snapp House | 360 South River Road (near the swinging bridge)
Hours: Thursday 4-6 p.m.; Friday Noon-6 p.m.; Saturday Noon-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 am - 3 p.m.
Cottage Grove’s only historic Victorian house open to the public was built by one of the town’s first doctors in 1886. Rescued from a scheduled “burn-to-learn” exercise the Prospectors & Golddiggers Club bought it for one dollar and moved it to its present location near the swinging bridge that connects Slabtown to Lemati..


Centennial Covered Bridge | next to City Hall at Main and River Road.
Dedicated in 1987 to celebrate Cottage Grove’s centennial, the foot bridge was reconstructed from pieces of other dismantled covered bridges and placed on the pilings of the original bridge at the west end of Main Street.


Applegate Trail Interpretive Site at Veterans Memorial Park | West end of the Centennial Covered Bridge
A series of museum-like displays that describe the history of the Applegate Trail, a wagon trail that was the southern route of the Oregon Trail. It passed through Cottage Grove (Slabtown) in the gold rush years of the 19th Century. At the west end of the Centennial Covered Bridge, at the base of the flagpole, is a plaque honoring our war veterans.


BMD Quilt Show & Ice Cream Social |Presbyterian Church | Third & Adams | Hours: Friday, Noon – 8 p.m.
Quilt lovers will enjoy this favorite BMD event hosted at the First Presbyterian Church, a historic building designed in the 1950’s by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The popular ice cream social is only from 4-8 p.m. You can take the BMD Express and get off at Adams & Sixth and walk two blocks west to the Presbyterian Church.


BMD Chicken BBQ | Trinity Lutheran Church | Sixth & Quincy | Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. [or sells out]
Since 1985, local Lutherans have hosted this popular event with proceeds benefitting charity. On Saturday train service begins at 11:30 am and will stop at the Lutheran Church between the Bohemia Park and Downtown stations.


Train Hours of Operation
Friday, July 14th, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 15th, 2017 from 11:30 am. to 6:00 p.m.



Train Stops, Attractions and Treasure Hunt Checkpoints (*)

  • Station #1: Coiner Park (Basketball Parking Lot)
            Bohemia City
            *Bohemia Gold Miners Association Display
  • Station #2: Bohemia Park Parking Lot
            *Cottage Grove Historical Society (Red Barn Building)
  • Stop: Corner of 6th & Quincy (Saturday only)
           Chicken BBQ at Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Stop: Corner of 6th & Madison
           (Gateway to Swinging Bridge and these Treasure Hunt Checkpoints on South River Road)
            *Dr. Snapp House - Early doctor’s Queen Anne Victorian Home
            *Old Mill Farm Store - Oldest business in town & site of first electricity plant  
            *Chambers Railroad Bridge - Only one of its kind left west of the Mississippi River
  • Stop: Corner of 6th & Adams (Friday Only)
             Quilt/Ice Cream Social at Presbyterian Church
  •  Station #3: All-American City Square (7th & Main)  
           Historic Downtown Murals, Eateries, & Watering Holes & Unique Shops
           Library & Genealogical Society (Two blocks north of station) 
            *Buster's Bottle Shoppe      
            *The Bookmine
  • Station #4: Centennial Covered Bridge (Corner of Main & RIver Road)  
           Applegate Trail Interpretive Site
           *Books on Main      
           *The Crafty Mercantile
  • Station #5: Cottage Grove Museum (H & Ash Ave.)  
           *Cottage Grove Historical Museum & Annex




  * CG Passport to History locations Pick up passports at CG Historical Society Booth


BMD Parades

Did you know BMD has THREE parades during the festival for all ages to enjoy? See details below on how to get involved.


Become a Sponsor

Bohemia Mining Days draws thousands to  “Bohemia City” in Coiner Park for four days of fun, frolic and fraternizin' in a neighborly way each summer.  If you'd like to have your business or organization be seen by all these folks, or if perhaps you'd like to just throw us a few bucks to help out, then we've got some options for you!

Home Free to Headline 2017 BMD

The 2017 Bohemia Mining Days in Cottage Grove is just around the corner and this year will be bigger and better than ever when it gathers for the 58th annual festival celebrating Cottage’s Groves colorful history of mining, logging and old time local music July 13-16.

Carnival at Bohemia Park

The carnival rides are in Bohemia Park, which provides a convenient bridge between Coiner Park and downtown Cottage Grove. There is parking on South 10th Street and in the park's parking lot.

We Need Volunteers!

Bohemia Mining Days needs volunteers to keep the festival running, and keep it free! If you would like to join in the fun, contact us for more information.

2017 Bohemia Mining Days

BMD coming this July 13-16 2017! So get ready for fun! To learn about what we did last year, peruse our Event Schedule. We are always updating the website, so check back often for additions & changes.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Festival Coordinator (Cindy Weeldreyer) at (541) 942-5064See you soon!

The 2017 theme of our 58-year-old community festival is “Galloping Into The Past” and focuses on how horses played a major role in the history of Cottage Grove area Gold Mines and other major events.

Living History

We are proud to celebrate Cottage Grove’s mining and Victorian-era heritage.  Since the celebration first began people have always dressed up in period costumes during Bohemia Mining Days. Now, we are developing programs and entertainment that brings our mining heritage and Cottage Grove’s pioneer history to life!

The Feud Continues!

Calling all the good people of Cottage Grove! It's time to pick your side in the Sixth Annual Slabtown vs Lemati Feud during the 2017 Bohemia Mining Days Festival, July 13th-16th. This year's theme "Galloping Into The Past", which focuses on horses played a major role in the history of Cottage Grove area Gold Mines and other major events. Pick a side and join in the fun! We've got a wide assortment of contests for all ages.


Cottage Grove, Oregon // Coiner & Bohemia Parks

FESTIVAL IS JULY 13-16, 2017!