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PLSO Issue 4, 2014 July/August

Lost Surveyor  Pat Gaylord, PLS Can you name this interpretive location on the Willamette Meridian? Solution Th e Interactive Meridian Line Interpretive Exhibit is located on the Tualatin River Greenway Trail in Tualatin and provides a lesson about the Willamette Meridian and the Willamette Stone for all who pass. Th e exhibit is in a rather isolated location just west of Browns Ferry Park and is connected to the park by the Tualatin River Greenway Trail. Brown’s Ferry Park is a 28.33 acre natural area park located on the Tualatin River at 5855 SW Nyberg Lane in Tualatin. Brown’s Ferry Park was named aft er Zenas J. Brown who laid a claim to the land in 1850 through the Donation Land Act. He also started the fi rst ferry in the Tualatin vicinity. Th e park is a great place to take a quiet walk, enjoy a picnic, or view wildlife in the pond, creek, and Tualatin River. A native grass and wildfl ower prairie covers about a third of the park. (www.tualatinoregon.gov/ recreation/browns-ferry-park) With regards to the exhibit, unfortunately it is not as interactive as it used to be. I fi rst learned of this exhibit a few years ago when researching a location to place a Geocache around the time of the Willamette Stone sesquicentennial celebration and I haven’t visited it for some time. My visit for this issue of the “Lost Surveyor” revealed that the hand crank which allowed kids to turn the globe and align the meridian has been broken off . Additionally, one of the two bolts which holds it upright has been removed and the other is very loose. It likely won’t be long until it is laying on the ground as the result of a few more malicious individuals. Th is would be a great restoration project for PLSO to fund and provide the labor to bring this exhibit (and others like it) back to a respectable condition in order to continue to educate members of the public about what we do as professionals and the rich history of surveying in this country and the State of Oregon. ◆ The Oregon Surveyor | Vol. 37, No. 4, 2014 18 Tualatin River Greenway Trail Land manager: City of Tualatin Parks Length: 6.48 miles Th e incomplete Tualatin River Greenway runs through several of Metro’s Natural Areas Program target areas including Dairy and McKay Creeks Confl uence, Lower Tualatin Headwaters and Rock Creek Headwaters and Greenway. Learn about the goals and objectives for habitat and water quality protection in the Tualatin River Greenway target area and learn more about the importance of the area to our region. LOST SURVEYOR Interactive Meridian Line Interpretive Exhibit


PLSO Issue 4, 2014 July/August
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