The monthly meeting of the Historical Society was canceled due to excessive heat.
With Kim Huey, our historian emeritus, present this month, the historical update was the highlight of the meeting. She had been running a contest on the Growing Up in Gladstone page on Facebook. The question: Apart from the I-205 bridge, how many bridges have crossed the Clackamas River in Gladstone? The winner of the contest was our own society president, Bill Osburn, with his guess of twelve. The bridges of Gladstone, both existing and fallen, are quite historically significant. High Rocks is home to the remains of the pilings of a railroad bridge built by Ben Holloway in 1869. It was not only the first railroad bridge across the Clackamas River, but the first railroad bridge in Oregon, and even the first railroad bridge in the Pacific Northwest! Keep your eyes open for Kim’s next history contest.
The many bridges of Gladstone are also assisting in the dating of historical photographs. Kim has discovered that she can identify the dates of mislabeled pictures based on which bridges are visible. This discovery is helping her with her work on the upcoming Gladstone history book for Arcadia Publishing. She reports that she has already completed writing nearly three-quarters of it. We are all looking forward to its release.
An amazing history teacher at Gladstone High School is planning to teach his students some of our local Gladstone history, particularly the Chautauqua meetings. We salute him for his work, and plan to share some of our resources. Tami Stempel reports that he has already proven a great inspiration to many of his students.
When Kuri Gill of the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office came to visit us in May, along with sharing the work other cities have done with their historic districts, she also discussed the many benefits of becoming a “Certified Local Government,” or CLG. Although the name does not suggest it, a CLG works cooperatively with property owners to identify and designate historical locations. It also receives state funding to help preserve and enhance historical sites, remaining true to the character of the town. We hope to introduce the establishment of a certified local government in Gladstone to the agenda of a city council meeting in a couple of months. Gladstone is fortunate to still have a comparative wealth of history within its boundaries; let’s save it while we still have it!
Note: Apologies for the lateness of this post; I had attempted to post at the time of this meeting, but was having technical difficulties. I thought it had finally gone through, but now I find that it hadn't. Better late than never, I hope.
The Arbor Day Celebration at the Gladstone Nature Park on April 28th went well. It was a pleasant morning, there were quite a few people at the event, and the Gladstone Historical Society even sold a few history books. We received a gracious thank-you for our participation from the Friends of Gladstone Nature Park, which was read at our June meeting. It's not too early to mark your calendar for the next Arbor Day Celebration, which will take place next year, on April 27, 2019.
At this month’s meeting, Kuri Gill of the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office came in and gave a terrific presentation on historical districts. Among other things, she discussed what some cities around the state have been doing with their historic districts and various public education options, such as walking tour brochures, phone apps, and interactive maps. She also commented that she had noticed on her drive to the meeting that Gladstone has a large number of historic buildings.
There was a nice turnout at this meeting, including a few members of the original Gladstone Historical Society and at least one new member. It was great to see so many interested faces around the table and to hear so many ideas. Everyone had something to contribute, whether an idea or some background knowledge.
Bill Osburn unveiled the new letterhead for the Society, which will be used for all correspondence. He also unfurled the new banner to hang above our booth at events, the old banner having been lost. This new banner features an old-fashioned design framing our name. It will make its debut at the Arbor Day Celebration, Saturday April 28, 2018 at the Gladstone Nature Park, from 10 am - 1 pm. Don’t forget to come see us! Gladstone History Books will be available for sale.
Tami Stempel shared that the city is currently in a feasibility study to replace the old trolley bridge, which crossed the Clackamas River at the foot of Portland Avenue and collapsed in 2014. This bridge had been built in 1896 and held many fond memories for local residents.
The group discussed launching a contest to design banners to decorate Portland Avenue. We are still ironing out the details, so stay tuned for more information.
At our next meeting, May 10, Kuri Gill of the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office will visit us and speak on the subject of historic districts.
Kim Huey shared some of her research on Gladstone history for an upcoming book. She had some fascinating stories to tell.
Susan Liston is continuing her project of digitizing all three volumes of the History of Gladstone books by Herb Beals. Thank you, Susan, for all your hard work.
Visit the Gladstone Historical Society's booth at the Arbor Day Celebration, Saturday April 28, 2018 at the Gladstone Nature Park. Hours: 10 am - 1 pm. Gladstone History Books will be available for sale.
Our latest project is to make a digitized copy of all three volumes of our History of Gladstone books by Herb Beals. These digitized books will be presented as gifts to the Gladstone Library.
Thank-you to Susan Liston for taking charge of this project.
Bill Osburn will host a Gladstone Historical Society table at the Arbor Day Celebration, Saturday April 28, 2018 at the Gladstone Nature Park. Hours: 10 am - 1 pm. Gladstone History Books will be available for sale.
Posts are written by members of the Gladstone Historical Society.
Banner Photo: 1900 photo showing one of the many pear orchards that were a popular crop in early Gladstone. Center background is the Cason/Cross house. Right is possibly the "Little Red Schoolhouse", located at the southwest corner of Gladstone Park and part of the original Cason land claim.