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Willamette Living History Tour returned to West Linn on Sept. 21


The Willamette Living History Tour began in 2008 as a part of the centennial celebration of the incorporation of the Town of Willamette in West Linn. 

Due to the overwhelming success, the Willamette Living History Tour is now an annual event held the third Saturday of each September. 

The one-hour tour begins on a horse-drawn carriage that transports guests back to a time a century ago, as the Town of Willamette was just beginning. 

The walking tour, led by costumed guides, then leads groups through scenes of what life was like in the early Edwardian era to meet many of the town’s founding fathers and significant leaders. 

Along the way, guests encounter livestock roaming the streets, a secret meeting of suffragettes and much more.

More than 10 different scenes create a complete feeling of what life was like a century ago. 

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: GLEN BLEDSOE - Erin Ruff and Lydia Bollinger played an old-fashioned jump rope game with a group of children at the Willamette Living History Tour.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: GLEN BLEDSOE - A group of tour participants reenacted a 1913 scene featuring Portland aviator Silas Christofferson.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: GLEN BLEDSOE - From left, Gavin MacCartney, Gus Doggett, Ty Park and Joe McFadden dressed up in old-fashioned clothing for the Living History Tour.

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