Forest Grove

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Forest Grove, one of the first settlements in the Oregon Territory, owes its name to its many varieties of trees. The first Euro-American settlers arrived in West Tualatin Plains in 1841 and were soon joined by other missionaries, including those fleeing the tragedy of the 1847 Whitman Massacre. Anticipating the inevitable emigrant migration, the missionaries hoped to teach the Native Americans about farming and religion. The rich soil and plentiful creeks made the area perfect for growing crops, and the abundant forests would provide a future lumber industry. Without any academic prospects, however, the area would not appeal to families. Two remarkable men, Rev. Harvey Clark and Rev. George Atkinson, and a feisty, lovable old woman named Tabitha Brown were determined to establish a school. Thanks to their combined efforts, an orphanage that began in a log cabin would grow into the prestigious institution of higher learning that exists today—Pacific University.
ISBN: 9780738581170
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of America
Images: 194
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lisa Amato and Mary Jo Morelli are members of the Friends of Historic Forest Grove, a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing and promoting historic interest of the area. Amato is a fiction and technical writer. Morelli is passionate about sharing Forest Grove's history through guided walking tours and presentations. These vintage images appear courtesy of the Friends of Historic Forest Grove, among others.
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