Pamplin Media Group - Business is also a legacy worth celebrating - Portland Tribune

Pamplin Media Group – Business is also a legacy worth celebrating – Portland Tribune

The Willamette Falls & Landings Heritage Area Alliance recognizes the contributions of business to the region’s rich history

What would we do without barbers, auto shops, florists, bars, restaurants and other local businesses? The Willamette Falls & Landings Heritage Area Consortium has identified these businesses within the Heritage Area that have been in service for 50 years or more. The Alliance recognizes them as part of the Half-Century Business Club. The first members of the club were honored in 2016. These works deserve our patronage.

Newberg is the largest community at the western end of the Heritage District, and along with many businesses over 50 years old, it still maintains its historic downtown. Likewise, Saint Paul, although only has two companies over the age of 50, and both Donald and Potville have only one.

The alliance works to showcase natural wonders and rich heritage within the 56 river miles of the Heritage District. Among the hundreds of heritage stories, the story of the first peoples who made their homes, hunted, fished, fished and traded for thousands of years in and around America’s second largest waterfall by volume (Willamette Falls).

Also found within the Heritage region is the French Prairie, the richest soil in the Willamette Valley where French hunters and their native wives practiced European-style farming; The landing site of Potville, which was the main port of the river on the river for the transport of passengers and goods; St. Paul’s, which houses the oldest brick Catholic church east of Missouri; Champoeg, where the first provisional government of the Americans was established in the Oregon Territory; Oregon City is at the end of the Oregon Road where loads of Americans have arrived making it almost certain that the lower half of British and American Oregon will become American, pushing America’s borders into the Pacific.

It was also the cradle of industry in the Pacific Northwest around the Great Falls at Willamette, where lumber mills flourished and the world’s first long-distance transmission of electricity occurred. Willamette Falls Locks, built in large part by Chinese labor, opened in 1873 to provide passage around the falls without having to move around.

Today, the heritage district boasts plans for new developments and the restoration and reuse of old facilities. The natives returned with the Grand Ronde’s purchase of the old Blue Heron Mill in Oregon City; The Willamette Locks Authority was established to which the Corps of Engineers could transfer ownership of locks; Several governments and private entities are building a river corridor on the Oregon City side of the river to provide close access to the falls; The coalition is in the final stages of seeking congressional designation for the heritage area as a National Heritage Area.

Consider visiting a company at Half Century Club and if you know the owner, congratulate him or her on the years of service provided. A list of all current club businesses that are being honored can be found on the coalition’s website at HYPERLINK “http://www.wflha.org” www.wflha.org. The names of the honorees of the Alliance’s Half Century Business Club are also listed on the website.

Ben Williams, a Boutville resident, is a board member of the Willamette Falls & Landings Heritage Area . Alliance


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