The Five Friendly Towns of Klamath Country & Rural Klamath Connects is creating a barn quilt trail along the route through the towns of Bonanza, Malin, Merrill, Oregon and Dorris-Butte Valley & Tulelake, California, hence the name “Connecting Borders Barn Quilt Trail”. A barn quilt is a brightly painted “quilt block” on wood affixed to a barn or structure.

The first barn quilt trail was started in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio. It was conceived as a way to capture traffic off the highway, leading from one barn quilt to another. Our barn quilt project will celebrate our agricultural and quilting heritage, bring cultural graphic art to our rural areas and encourage tourism in our region.

We have received grants from the California Arts Council via the Siskiyou Arts Council, Travel Oregon and the Oregon Community Foundation in order to begin this project. Donations are gratefully appreciated to fulfill our grant match obligations.

We will work with the property owners to select an appropriate “Quilt Block” for their location. The history of the barn or structure, location and pictures of the quilt block will be highlighted in a brochure, which will include a map of the regional trail, GPS coordinates and other pertinent information.

For all inquiries, please email: [email protected]