Bohemia Mining Days 2014: 'We want people to come'

      COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - Setup continues for this weekend's Bohemia Mining Days festival.

      The event, which begins on Thursday, celebrates the community's rich history.

      This year, they're paying extra attention to the swindlers, scoundrels, liars and cheats who contributed to the town's colorful history.

      Folks can learn all about one of the biggest swindles that ever saw the light of day in Cottage Grove.

      It happened in the 1920s when Rev. David Olsen convinced folks that there was oil under their feet and bilked them out of thousands of dollars.

      There was also a time when the town was divided by two feuding factions, who actually split the community into two separate towns.

      The four-day event includes a costume contest, two parades, a carnival, and lots of games an activities for the entire family.

      And this year, organizers will have a train that will transport folks between the festivals three venues: Coiner Park, Bohemia Park and the All-American City Square in the historic district.

      "We want people to come to the historic downtown to see all our historic murals, to visit the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum and take a walk to the Cottage Grove Historical Museum and the Snapp House on Saturday," said Cindy Weeldryer. "If you take the swinging bridge, it's just about a six block walk from the downtown station."

      This is also the 50th year for the Miners Breakfast on the Mountain.

      It's this Sunday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. up in the mountains in the Bohemia Mining District.

      It's a fundraiser for the Prospectors and Golddiggers Club, which maintains the historic Doctor Snapp House.

      "This house was about to be burned many years ago when they built the high rise down the street," said Mayor Tom Munroe. "We purchased it for a dollar, moved it here, and it's been an ongoing thing just to do the upkeep to keep this place going."

      An open house will be held at the Doctor Snapp House on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

      Tickets for the miners breakfast on the mountain will be sold on site on Sunday.