Hitting the trails in Forest Park is one of the highlights of summer in Portland, and this old photo from the Portland Archives is a good reminder of their history.
One fun fact: the park’s busiest trail, Leif Erickson Drive, was actually built about 100 years ago with housing development in mind.
Originally named Hillside Drive, the road gave landowners access to their lots in the West Hills, where they intended to start building homes.
But the land turned out to be too landslide-prone to support housing, so it eventually became Forest Park instead, with Leif Erickson Drive as its first major trail.
P.S. Thanks to reader Kady Davis for letting us know about the Forest Park Conservancy’s “Miles for Forest Park” fundraising drive, which lasts through the end of September.
In other news…
The saga in Salem keeps getting crazier. The latest update is that 11 Republicans have gone into hiding to block key votes in the Oregon Senate, and Governor Brown has authorized police to go find them and drag them back to work. (OregonLive)
Candidates with beards may now apply. But will they? That’s the big question for the Portland Police Bureau, which revised its hiring standards this week in hopes of filling more than 120 vacant positions. (OregonLive)
Oregon didn’t become the capital of the craft beer universe by accident, and the story of how it all started is an entertaining read. (Portland Mercury)
“My usual diet of Pod Save America’s political screeds, The Daily’s national news and analysis, and Gregory Alan Isakov’s sweet, sweet tunes.”
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We’re wrapping up our spotlight series on Goose Hollow today with the answer to our winning PDXplained question, from reader Scott Gravatt.
“I once heard that Lincoln HS’s student newspaper is the oldest one west of the Mississippi that’s still printing,” Scott asked us. “Is that true?”
The short answer is “probably.”
Lincoln High School turned 150 years old this year, making it “one of the oldest high schools in the West,” according to the Oregon Historical Society.
The student newspaper, The Cardinal Times, isn’t quite that old, but it has been publishing continuously since 1897, and the paper’s website describes it as “the oldest high school publication in the West.”
The end of the school year has made it tough to track down more details, but we’ll keep you posted as we do.
🐐 Tomorrow: Get your namaste on with goat yoga and a morning meditation (Hillsboro)
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🎭 See a roving bike play (Multiple Locations)
⚽️ Root for the Thorns against Utah (SW Portland)
💻 Take the kids to a STEM Minecraft night (Beaverton)
🎥 Watch Black Panther in the park (NE Portland)
☀️ Celebrate the solstice with a block party (Vancouver)
🌇 Or play cornhole at a sunset soirée (SW Portland)
🎻 Say farewell to the Violin Chicken (East Portland)
🍳 Attend a Vegan Iron Chef pop up (NE Portland)
🍎 Taste your way through 150+ ciders (NW Portland)
🛶 Explore the Tualatin River by boat (Tualatin)
😋 Eat your way through the Taste of Parkrose (East Portland)
🤓 Shop at the GeekCraft Expo – through Sunday (NE Portland)
🍻 Enjoy an oysters and beer pairing (SE Portland)
🎨 Check out contemporary comic art (Lake Oswego)
🕺 Start your day with a Pride dance party (NW Portland)
🎥 See the classic Batman at Revolution Hall (SE Portland)
🎉 Celebrate Beaverton’s first Pride Parade (Beaverton)
🍎 Kick off Oregon Cider Week with cocktails (NW Portland)
✌️ Cruise a 70s themed Pedalpalooza ride (Multiple Locations)
🙋 Play movie trivia at the Hollywood Theater (NE Portland)
🔍 Get help with your job search (Downtown)
😋 End your run with a steak dinner (SW Portland)
💆 Learn how to manage workplace stress (Downtown)
Enjoy the solstice. We’ll see you Monday.