Rolling on the river

Portland and Milwaukie both are situated on the banks of the Willamette River. Milwaukie over the last few years has finally had some funds to clean up the riverfront in downtown. I can’t tell you how many times bond measures to fund the clean up and to make improvements along the river were voted down. The riverfront could be a major draw if it had a nice restaurant, more park area and more walking paths.

What has been done recently is a good start but a lot more could be done to make use of the riverfront for the community.

Entrance to the riverfront area

Entrance to the riverfront area

Nice wide sidewalk for walkers and bikes

Nice wide sidewalk for walkers and bikes

Looking south toward Elk Rock Island

Looking south toward Elk Rock Island

“Historical Information

The island represents part of an ancient volcano that erupted about 40 million years ago. The large, jagged rocks (Waverly Heights basalt) found throughout the island were formed by lava flows, and may be the oldest exposed rock in the Portland area. The island contains seven distinct habitats, including wetlands, forests and grasslands. A number of birds, including bald eagles and osprey, have been spotted in the area.

Elk Rock Island was part of the original donation land claim of Milwaukie pioneer Lot Whitcomb and was known as Lot Whitcomb Island during the 1860s. It went through six owners before Scottish grain exporter and Portland businessman Peter Kerr (1862-1957) acquired the property in 1910 from the Rock Island Club, which operated a dance hall on the island. He gave the island to the City of Portland in 1940 with the requirement that it be preserved in its natural state. As Kerr put it, “Preserve it as a pretty place for all to enjoy.” On October 29, 1954, the Kerr formally dedicated Peter Kerr Park with a bronze plaque.”

Looking West at the big buck homes in Lake Oswego

Looking West at the big buck homes in Lake Oswego

Looking north

Looking north

The last big house on the river belongs to Danny Glover. Penny Marshall has a huge home and lot further south on the eastside of the river in the Gladstone area.

Classic Ike and Tina Turner from 1971

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3 Responses

  1. These are some great pictures. I didn’t know Danny Glover and Penny Marshall had places up there.

  2. […] on the river – part II Posted on August 30, 2009 by jackieinpdx I went down to the Willamette River Saturday to try out my new Olympus Stylus 9000. I thought that it would be a good place to try out […]

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