A Tree Remains: The Monticello Convention and a Plea for a New Territory

The Monticello Convention Tree: Territorial Convention Witness It’s often the trees that withstand time and adversity. We stand under them and marvel at what calamities have befallen them, sigh in sympathy at their heavily burdened branches and the scarred-over gashes in their trunks. We understand the trials, and we admire them for their fortitude and... Continue Reading →

Oregon’s Littlest Lighthouse!

The state’s smallest lighthouse sits on the Columbia River’s largest island, Sauvie Island, and is only one of two on the river. A seven-mile, round trip hike along the river leads hikers out to Warrior’s Head lighthouse. So named by a small party from the 1792 George Vancouver expedition who found themselves surrounded by 23... Continue Reading →

The Bell That Was a Cannon

Yep, went to the Alamo...but...when I heard that someone had turned a cannon into a church bell, and that it was just blocks away, I had to go find it. I may have already been standing in front of an iconic site for Southwest history when I heard this news, but THIS had to be... Continue Reading →

1st Post Office West of the Rockies!

Post Offices...Mail Carriers...Cannons in the Surf Postal carriers witness history. Think about it…who’s out and about six days a week, often on foot? Mail carriers, and they often were eye witnesses to historical events...like finding cannons on the beach, but first...   In Astoria Oregon, March 9, 1847, the first federal post office and U.S.... Continue Reading →

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