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New OC signs follow Oregon Trail

by: PHOTO COURTESY: NICK DIERCKMAN - One of six recently installed Oregon Trail interpretive signs is located near the corner of Holcomb Boulevard and Redland Road.While traveling through the Park Place neighborhood of Oregon City, you can now stop and read about the rich history of the area as the last stretch of the Oregon Trail.

A total of six interpretive signs were designed and installed along a 1.5-mile stretch of Holcomb Boulevard using $10,500 in Metro Enhancement funds collected from the waste-transfer station. Three of the signs were installed at bus stops, so those waiting can read about the area’s history.

The project team developed overall themes and topics for the signs with in-depth research of relevant text, maps, photos and paintings.

Barbara Renken chaired a history committee of the Park Place Neighborhood Association with project coordinator Nick Dierckman and help from other community volunteers, including Wendell Baskins, Lois Keifer, Ralph Keifer, Ray Renken and Nancy Walters. The project team then completed an extensive review to ensure accuracy of the information.

Chris Dunlap of the Oregon City GIS department developed the maps. Security Signs of Portland performed the final design for each sign, including initial editing to meet layout requirements, before the company manufactured and installed them.



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