[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-01-14

Heritage Info Heritage.Info at state.or.us
Wed Jan 14 15:48:56 PST 2009

In this issue:
1. Two sites added to National Register
2.  National Geographic launches geotourism project
3.  Salmon's significance to be discussed
4.  Falls project concepts to be presented


Two historic places in Oregon have been recently added to the National
Register of Historic Places.

The John Quincy Adams and Elizabeth Young house is the oldest remaining
building in Cedar Mill, a community founded in 1874 in the area of
Cornell Road in unincorporated Washington County. The Young family (Elam
& Irene Young and their three youngest sons, including John Quincy
Adams) came across the Oregon Trail to settle in the Oregon Territory in
the late 1840s. In 1869, John Q. A. Young bought a sawmill next to Cedar
Mill Creek and constructed this house. John Q. A. Young became
postmaster and officially named the settlement  "Cedar Mill."  The
property is currently owned by the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation

The Pacific Hardware & Steel Co. warehouse on NW Nicolai St. was
designed by well-known Portland firm Bennes & Hendricks, and is an
example of the construction and design common in industrial architecture
of the early 20th century.The Bennes and Hendricks firm is probably best
known today as the company that designed beautiful residences, hotels,
and theaters.  However, the Pacific Hardware & Steel Co. demonstrates
its ability to create cutting-edge architecture meant to
serve the industrial powerhouses of Portland's growing economy.  

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under
the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. More
information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings,
including Adobe PDFs of the above nominations, are available on the
State Historic Preservation Office website at
http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/index.shtml . 


National Geographic, in partnership with Washington and Oregon, have
launched the Central Cascades Geotourism Initiative. The public will be
invited to participate in the development of a geotourism *MapGuide*
for the Central Cascades region, stretching from Mount Rainier National
Park to Crater Lake National Park.

The pilot project seeks to contribute to the economic health of
communities by promoting geotourism: tourism that sustains and enhances
the geographical character of a place, its environment, culture,
aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents. 

A community-based nomination process will be opened where local
residents and visitors may nominate unique landmarks, attractions,
activities, events, and businesses that define the region*s character
and distinctive appeal. A website at www.thecentralcascades.com, details
the project.

Public forums and presentations will be conducted in communities
throughout the Central Cascades to encourage nominations and community
involvement. Forums are scheduled Jan. 15 in Oakridge, Jan. 20 in
Maupin, Jan. 21 in Bend, Jan. 22 in LaPine, Jan. 26 in Sisters, and Jan.
27 in Warm Springs. Additional details and forums can be found at the
project's website.

Coordinating this geotourism initiative in Washington and Oregon are
the Central Cascades Project Advisory Committee, a coalition of Travel
Oregon, Washington State Tourism, Sustainable Travel International,
Rural Development Initiatives, Sustainable Northwest, the U.S. Forest
Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Significant funding and
regional leadership are being provided by Travel Oregon, Washington
State Tourism, USDA Forest Service/National Forest Scenic Byways
Transportation and Tourism Planning, the Bureau of Land Management,
Oregon Cultural Trust, Clackamas County Tourism Development Council,
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Oregon Visitors
Association, Convention and Visitors Association of Lane County Oregon,
Portland Metro and the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association. 


The Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition and the Museum of the
Oregon Territory will host an open house to show the conceptual designs
for the Willamette Falls Heritage Area created by University of Oregon
landscape architecture students beginning at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15. The open
house will take place at the museum, 211 Tumwater Drive in Oregon City.
For more information contact Linda Bell at (503) 655-8420.


Professor Christopher Shelley will talk at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21 on "Salmon
and Indians on the Columbia Plateau" at the Washington County Museum.
Columbia River Salmon and Columbia River Indians have had a symbiotic
relationship with salmon, and Shelley will explain how treaties have
been used to be tools of salmon restoration. For more information, visit
Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission,
which invites you to attend the Northwest History and Heritage
Extravaganza April 15-18 in Portland.

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