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Land Program Recreational Project, Columbia Gorge - report

A twelve-page report authored by John B. Yeon, chairman of the Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission's Columbia Gorge Committee, written to Mr. Lawrence Merriam, regional officer for the National Park Service's State Park Division, on the subject of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge along both sides of the Columbia River. In the report, Yeon requests the support of the National Park Service in purchasing non-agricultural land to establish the park. Yeon describes five specific areas in the Gorge where the proposed land would be purchased: Cape Horn, Beacon Rock, White Salmon, Latourell, and Crown Point.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Columbia Gorge Committee

Letter from C. J. Buck to Marshall N. Dana

A letter written by regional forester C. J. Buck to Marshall N. Dana, district chairman of the National Resources Board. Buck expresses the support of the Forest Service for a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. He states that negotiations have already been made to add certain Multnomah County lands to the National Forest.

Buck, C. J.

Letters to National Resources Board

Two letters addressed to Marshall N. Dana, District Chairman of the National Resources Board, regarding a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. The first letter is from A. S. Burrier, land planning consultant for the state of Oregon, in which Burrier suggests extending the proposed land purchase areas to include all of the privately owned lands from Crown Point to Cascade Locks. The second letter is from regional land planning consultant Harold H. Henry, who also recommends expanding the area of purchased land to include the area west of Prindle and the Wauna Lake region in Washington. Included with the second letter is an extract from a report that supports the creation of the Gorge project

Burrier, A. S. (Arnold Stewart), 1902-1938

Exhibit N(2) - Correspondence, Oregon State Planning Board and Governor

A series of four letters regarding a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. In the first letter, John B. Yeon recommends to the Oregon State Planning Board that the board endorse the purchase of certain lands for the project. In the second letter, the board's executive secretary writes to Oregon Governor Charles H. Martin of the board's endorsement of the purchase of the land. In the third letter, Governor Martin writes to the regional director of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration to recommend that the A.A.A. pursue the purchase of the land. The fourth letter is a response from the A.A.A. regional director to Governor Martin, advising that proposal for the purchase of the lands should be filed with Lawrence Merriam of the National Park Service.

Martin, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1863-1946

Exhibit N(1) - Resolution, Washington State Planning Council

A statement of support for a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge, provided by the Washington State Planning Council. The first page contains an introduction written by Executive Officer R. K. Tiffany, which states that the council has passed a resolution regarding the project and that the council would consider the Columbia Gorge Committee's preliminary report once it was completed. The second page contains the text of the resolution endorsing the project.

Tiffany, R. K.

Exhibit M - Photographs

7 pages of photographs show the areas under consideration for inclusion in a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. 32 photos show the character of the terrain, scenic values, and existing development in the Cape Horn, Beacon Rock, Little White Salmon River, and Latourell areas of the gorge.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Columbia Gorge Committee

Exhibit L - Taxes in Arrears (Multnomah County)

A 2-page statement of delinquent taxes on blocks of property in Multnomah County, Oregon recommended for acquisition as part of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. For each piece of property, the owner's name, legal description, township & range, acreage, and years in arrears are listed. The property locations are found within the Latourell and Crown Point areas of the gorge.

Elliott, Thomas H.

Exhibit K - Taxes in Arrears (Skamania County)

A 3-page statement of delinquent taxes on units of property in Skamania County, Washington recommended for acquisition as part of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. For each piece of property, the owner's name, legal description, township & range, acreage, and years in arrears are listed. The property locations are found within the Beacon Rock and the Little White Salmon River Canyon areas of the gorge.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Columbia Gorge Committee

Exhibit J - Soil Map, Columbia Gorge

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to soils in the area. Colored areas indicate the different types of soils and a red outline denotes proposed lands to be acquired for the project.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Columbia Gorge Committee

Exhibit I - Legal Description of Properties in Units G and H

5 pages that list the ownership and legal description of properties in blocks G and H, identified as the Little White Salmon River Canyon area in the accompanying report. The list includes the names of property owners and information about the location of the lands and size of the acreage for each entry.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Columbia Gorge Committee

Exhibit H - Detail Maps

Four maps showing details of the proposed lands to be acquired for a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. The first map shows the Crown Point area, the second map shows the Latourell area, the third map shows the Cape Horn area, and the fourth map shows the Beacon Rock area. Red outlines on each map indicate the tracts of land within each of the featured areas that are recommended for inclusion in the park.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. National Resources Board District No. 11

Exhibit G - Project Map

A map showing the Columbia Gorge with a scale of 1 inch to 1 mile. Areas colored in blue with a red border indicate proposed lands to be acquired for a proposed interstate park in the gorge. Other colored areas denote U.S. national forests, state parks, highway right of way, special problem areas, and state forests.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Columbia Gorge Committee

Exhibit F - Columbia River Gorge Zone - General Location Map

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to the larger Columbia River Gorge Zone. The map shows portions of Oregon and Washington states, with red shaded areas denoting acreages recommended for inclusion in the project along both sides of the Columbia River. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 10 miles from an epicenter located approximately over Bonneville, Oregon.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. National Resources Board District No. 11

Exhibit E - Railroad Facilities, Pacific Northwest

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to railroad lines throughout the Pacific Northwest. The map shows Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Solid and hatched lines indicate various railroad lines, and shaded areas and circles indicate metropolitan centers and smaller cities. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 50 miles from an epicenter located over the Columbia River just east of Portland, Oregon.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. National Resources Board District No. 11

Exhibit D - Federal and State Highway Facilities, Pacific Northwest

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to federal and state highways throughout the Pacific Northwest. The map shows Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Solid and hatched lines indicate national highways and other types of roads. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 50 miles from an epicenter located over the Columbia River just east of Portland, Oregon.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. National Resources Board District No. 11

Exhibit C - Land Program Projects, Pacific Northwest

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to Agricultural Adjustment Administration marginal purchase and resettlement areas in the Pacific Northwest. The map shows Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Shaded and colored areas indicate sub-marginal purchase areas, resettlement areas, Indian reservation purchase projects, U.S. Biological Survey bird refuges, and A. R. recreational areas. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 50 miles from an epicenter located over the Columbia River just east of Portland, Oregon.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. National Resources Board District No. 11

Exhibit B - Recreation Map, Pacific Northwest

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to existing recreational areas in the Pacific Northwest. The map shows Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Shaded areas indicate recreational areas as well as national parks and monuments, national forests, Indian reservations, game preserves,and primitive areas. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 50 miles from an epicenter located over the Columbia River just east of Portland, Oregon.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Columbia Gorge Committee

Exhibit A - Distribution of Population, Pacific Northwest

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to Pacific Northwest population centers. The map shows Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Black dots, each representing 100 persons, are scattered across the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 50 miles from an epicenter located over the Columbia River just east of Portland, Oregon.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. National Resources Board District No. 11

Land Program Recreational Project, Columbia Gorge

A report with appendices which outlines a proposal to establish an interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge along both sides of the Columbia River. In the report, John B. Yeun, chair of the Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission's Columbia Gorge Committee, argues in favor of establishing the park and discusses lands that would need to be purchased to establish the park. The 17 appendices include fold-out maps showing areas of the Gorge, population density in the Pacific Northwest, railroads and highways in the region, land ownership in the Gorge, and soil types in the Gorge; a list of currently owned properties in the Gorge; lists of delinquent taxes for properties to be purchased; photographs; and copies of statements and correspondence of officials regarding the proposed purchase of lands for the park.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Columbia Gorge Committee

Land Program Recreational Project, Columbia Gorge

  • Coll 927
  • Collection
  • 1935-06

The collection consists of a report with appendices authored by John Yeon, chair of the Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission's Columbia Gorge Committee. In the report, Yeon argues in favor of establishing an interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge on both sides of the river; describes specific areas of the Gorge, such as the Cape Horn area and the Beacon Rock area; and discusses lands that would need to be purchased to establish the park. The appendices, which make up the bulk of the collection, include fold-out maps showing areas of the Gorge, population density in Pacific Northwest, railroad facilities in the region, land ownership in the Gorge, and soil types in the Gorge; a list of currently owned properties in the Gorge; lists of delinquent taxes for properties to be purchased; photographs; and copies of statements and correspondence of officials regarding the proposed purchase of lands for a park.

Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Columbia Gorge Committee

Oral history interview with Lewis L. McArthur

  • SR 2526
  • Collection
  • 2001-01-19 - 2001-02-15

This oral history interview with Lewis L. McArthur was conducted by Sieglinde Smith at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, from January 19 to February 15, 2001, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library. The interview was conducted in five sessions.

In the first interview session, conducted on January 19, 2001, McArthur discusses his family background and early life in the Green Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, including his education, the house he grew up in, and his recreational activities. He describes the neighborhood and talks about people who lived there. He also speaks about his parents' personalities, travels, and social lives.

In the second interview session, conducted on January 23, 2001, McArthur continues to discuss his early life in the Green Hills neighborhood and talks about his relationship with his parents. He speaks about the work of his father, Lewis A. McArthur, on Oregon Geographic Names and about traveling with him by train in the 1920s for research. He discusses his college experience at the University of California, Berkeley, and talks about working for U.S. Steel Company in the late 1930s. He then talks about his experiences in the U.S. Army while stationed in Alaska during World War II.

In the third interview session, conducted on February 1, 2001, McArthur speaks further about working for the U.S. Steel Company and about his experiences in the U.S. Army during World War II, including studying Mandarin Chinese. He talks about his marriage to Joyce A. Clark. He then speaks at length about his career as an industrial designer for the Ray F. Becker Company, and talks about products the company produced, about the steel fabrication process, and about buildings the company worked on, particularly gas stations. He talks about how Oregon has changed during the 20th century, particularly regarding housing development, transportation, and power generation.

In the fourth interview session, conducted on February 8, 2001, McArthur shares his memories of the Columbia River before the construction of hydroelectric dams, and talks about how the Columbia River Gorge changed. He briefly discusses serving on the state advisory committee on historic preservation in the 1970s, and then talks about his recreational activities on Mount Hood, including climbing and camping on the mountain, and repairing the Snowshoe Cabin, the Cloud Cap Inn, and other buildings.

In the fifth interview session, conducted on February 15, 2001, McArthur discusses his role models, including his family members, and talks about construction projects that impressed him, including dams on the Columbia River and the Bay Bridge in California. He also speaks about mapmaking. He shares his childhood memories of attending meetings of the Pioneer Association, riding the streetcar, and traveling with his family. He compares travel by various modes of transportation, particularly air and rail. He revisits the topic of his father's work on Oregon Geographic Names, then speaks at length about his own work on later editions of the book and about his service on the state advisory committee on historic preservation. He describes his favorite places in Oregon, and talks about raising a family.

McArthur, Lewis L.

Oral history interview with Lewis L. McArthur [Session 05, Part 5]

Tape 11, Side 1. In the fifth interview session, conducted on February 15, 2001, McArthur discusses his role models, including his family members, and talks about construction projects that impressed him, including dams on the Columbia River and the Bay Bridge in California. He also speaks about mapmaking. He shares his childhood memories of attending meetings of the Pioneer Association, riding the streetcar, and traveling with his family. He compares travel by various modes of transportation, particularly air and rail. He revisits the topic of his father's work on Oregon Geographic Names, then speaks at length about his own work on later editions of the book and about his service on the state advisory committee on historic preservation. He describes his favorite places in Oregon, and talks about raising a family.

McArthur, Lewis L.

Oral history interview with Lewis L. McArthur [Session 05, Part 4]

Tape 10, Side 2. In the fifth interview session, conducted on February 15, 2001, McArthur discusses his role models, including his family members, and talks about construction projects that impressed him, including dams on the Columbia River and the Bay Bridge in California. He also speaks about mapmaking. He shares his childhood memories of attending meetings of the Pioneer Association, riding the streetcar, and traveling with his family. He compares travel by various modes of transportation, particularly air and rail. He revisits the topic of his father's work on Oregon Geographic Names, then speaks at length about his own work on later editions of the book and about his service on the state advisory committee on historic preservation. He describes his favorite places in Oregon, and talks about raising a family.

McArthur, Lewis L.

Oral history interview with Lewis L. McArthur [Session 05, Part 3]

Tape 10, Side 1. In the fifth interview session, conducted on February 15, 2001, McArthur discusses his role models, including his family members, and talks about construction projects that impressed him, including dams on the Columbia River and the Bay Bridge in California. He also speaks about mapmaking. He shares his childhood memories of attending meetings of the Pioneer Association, riding the streetcar, and traveling with his family. He compares travel by various modes of transportation, particularly air and rail. He revisits the topic of his father's work on Oregon Geographic Names, then speaks at length about his own work on later editions of the book and about his service on the state advisory committee on historic preservation. He describes his favorite places in Oregon, and talks about raising a family.

McArthur, Lewis L.

Oral history interview with Lewis L. McArthur [Session 05, Part 2]

Tape 9, Side 2. In the fifth interview session, conducted on February 15, 2001, McArthur discusses his role models, including his family members, and talks about construction projects that impressed him, including dams on the Columbia River and the Bay Bridge in California. He also speaks about mapmaking. He shares his childhood memories of attending meetings of the Pioneer Association, riding the streetcar, and traveling with his family. He compares travel by various modes of transportation, particularly air and rail. He revisits the topic of his father's work on Oregon Geographic Names, then speaks at length about his own work on later editions of the book and about his service on the state advisory committee on historic preservation. He describes his favorite places in Oregon, and talks about raising a family.

McArthur, Lewis L.

Oral history interview with Lewis L. McArthur [Session 05, Part 1]

Tape 9, Side 1. In the fifth interview session, conducted on February 15, 2001, McArthur discusses his role models, including his family members, and talks about construction projects that impressed him, including dams on the Columbia River and the Bay Bridge in California. He also speaks about mapmaking. He shares his childhood memories of attending meetings of the Pioneer Association, riding the streetcar, and traveling with his family. He compares travel by various modes of transportation, particularly air and rail. He revisits the topic of his father's work on Oregon Geographic Names, then speaks at length about his own work on later editions of the book and about his service on the state advisory committee on historic preservation. He describes his favorite places in Oregon, and talks about raising a family.

McArthur, Lewis L.

Oral history interview with Lewis L. McArthur [Session 04, Part 4]

Tape 8, Side 2. In the fourth interview session, conducted on February 8, 2001, McArthur shares his memories of the Columbia River before the construction of hydroelectric dams, and talks about how the Columbia River Gorge changed. He briefly discusses serving on the state advisory committee on historic preservation in the 1970s, and then talks about his recreational activities on Mount Hood, including climbing and camping on the mountain, and repairing the Snowshoe Cabin, the Cloud Cap Inn, and other buildings.

McArthur, Lewis L.

Oral history interview with Lewis L. McArthur [Session 04, Part 3]

Tape 8, Side 1. In the fourth interview session, conducted on February 8, 2001, McArthur shares his memories of the Columbia River before the construction of hydroelectric dams, and talks about how the Columbia River Gorge changed. He briefly discusses serving on the state advisory committee on historic preservation in the 1970s, and then talks about his recreational activities on Mount Hood, including climbing and camping on the mountain, and repairing the Snowshoe Cabin, the Cloud Cap Inn, and other buildings.

McArthur, Lewis L.

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