Nostalgic celebration coming May 19 to downtown Boring
by: contributed photos, Soon after the turn of the 20th century, Boring was a popular place, with electric trolleys coming from Portland every day. The old Boring Station is still a part of history, with the dedication of the Boring Station Trailhead Park.

The town of Boring was named after one of its first inhabitants, W.H. Boring, who homesteaded land and built the Boring School on his land on Kelso Road just east of Richey Road only 10 years after the Civil War ended.

He was not the first person in five generations of Boring family members who have lived in this beautiful valley for more than 150 years.

About the same time as the nation was divided over the issue of slavery, the first Boring family member, half-brother to W.H. Boring, homesteaded land that was destined to become an unincorporated area with its own post office and ZIP code.

But it was the railroad that helped the community grow.

In the mid-1850s, the nearest railroad passed through Troutdale in the Columbia Gorge, but abundant timber in the Sandy and Clackamas river valleys made it seem necessary that another railroad be built from Portland to Estacada.

With a stop at Boring Junction, of course.

The early trains were electric, and a wood-burning power plant in what is now downtown Boring supplied all the power needed for a train to reach Estacada and another to visit Bull Run and both to return to Portland.

With the railroad and all the people passing through, businesses were built, creating an unincorporated town from the growing village.

Mills in the Boring area supplied lumber that was shipped on the rails, but by 1905 Portland and Boring residents were celebrating the electric trolleys that continued to transport people for more than three decades to the recreation areas near the Clackamas and Sandy rivers.

Cheap gas and cars made the trolleys obsolete, and rail service for both passengers and mail came to an end.

The Boring trolley station (pictured) has not been seen in Boring for decades, and the rail lines have since been taken up. That land is now called the Springwater Trail, and its terminus is where Boring Junction's passengers used to board the trolley.

The Boring Station is having another celebration - this time without rail lines.

Clackamas County's newest park, the Boring Station Trailhead Park, will formally be dedicated in ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19.

The celebration is a landmark in Boring's history, and everyone is invited to share in the festivities at the park, which has been under construction since last fall.

Attendees should expect to see the flag raised with an honor guard from Boring Fire and Rescue and Claudia Knauer singing a patriotic song.

There will be a few words from representatives of the Metro Council, Clackamas County Commission, Oregon Parks and Recreation and Friends of the Boring Station Trailhead Park, whose chairman, Dan O'Dell, will serve as master of ceremonies.

At the time of the ribbon cutting, the engraved pavers will be unveiled - and Boring's new park will transform into the community's living room - on the site where in centuries past log-stacked train cars passed through and trolleys waited for local folk to board.

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If you go

What: Ribbon-cutting

dedication of the Boring Station Trailhead Park

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19

Where: Newly constructed park alongside Highway 212 near its intersection with Richey Road in downtown Boring.

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