The Lees and their seven children arrived in the Willamette Valley in 1848. In 1850, they took advantage of the Donation Land Claim Act to gain title to their 611 acres in what is now known as Canby.
The oak tree the family planted sits on the site of the family’s third home, which was constructed by carpenters with the Oregon and California Railroad in 1869. When Lee died in 1887, …
Aurora Colony Black Walnut
Aurora Colony Black Walnut leaves
Heritage Tree Committee members, Nancy and Ed, admire the historic walnut from the balcony of the Christian Zimmerman House
Aurora Colony Black Walnut
This black walnut, was planted by the Zimmerman family sometime around 1884. The Zimmerman’s were prominent members of the Aurora Colony, a religious community led by Dr. William Keil, that immigrated to this location from Bethel, Missouri. David Zimmerman was a …
R.V. Short Fir
This Douglas fir stands on the Donation Land Claim of Robert Valentine Short, a prominent land surveyor in the mid 1800’s. R.V. Short arrived in Oregon in 1847, when he was hired on a wagon train in the command of General Joel Palmer. R.V. opened up a tailor shop in Oregon City, but switched to surveying as his skills were soon in demand. He was hired to …
The trees that make up the Ellmaker Grove include the 300-400 year old Ellmaker Oak and numerous large big leaf maples that were planted by the Ellmmaker family, a large incense cedar that sheltered the family’s cattle at night and during foul weather. The first owners of the land and hence the trees were the Zumwalt family, who obtained a Donation Land Claim for the property around 1852. …
This Monterey pine was planted between 1906 and 1921 by the Simpson family as part of their extensive estate. Louis J. Simpson was a lumberman, shipbuilder, and founder of the city of North Bend. In 1942, Simpson sold his estate to Oregon, designating it as a park. This tree was recognized in 2002 as the largest of its species in the United States by the National Register of Big Trees.
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The American elm street trees (Ulmus Americana) in the community of Orenco were planted in 1912 by the town’s namesake – Oregon Nursery Company. A nationally known nursery in its time, the company was employee owned. ORENCO shipped its nursery stock on the Oregon Electric Railroad line which is now used by MAX light-rail. Many Oregon cities we know today were formed from company towns such as Orenco.
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This large Gray Poplar (Populus canescens) located southeast of Benton Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, was a popular gathering spot on campus shortly after the university (at the time the school was known as the Oregon Agricultural College) was founded. The tree got its name around 1900. The OSU Class of 1901 christened it as the “Trysting Tree” after college President Thomas Gatch admonished two students …
This Jeffrey pine tree is located at the site of the historic Siskiyou Smokejumper Base at the Illinois Valley Airport in Cave Junction. The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base was one of four such bases in the US built in the early 1940’s. The base was established following an incendiary bomb-drop by the Japanese in Brookings, Oregon in 1942. Forest fires required significant manpower and equipment to control, and many thought the …
Adam Randolph Shipley crossed the Oregon Trail from Ohio in 1852. In 1861, after becoming a successful entrepreneur in Portland, Adam and his wife Celinda established a farm on this site which eventually totaled about 1,000 acres. The Shipleys donated land for the first school and grange in the Hazelia area, making their farm a center for the community. Shipley served as the State Grange Master, was one of the …
Sugar Pine Trees
Sugar Pine Canopy
Largest Sugar Pine in Tub Springs Wayside
Tub Springs Wayside, 1932
The Tub Springs Sugar Pine is the first Sugar pine to be elected to the Oregon Heritage Tree list. The species was “Discovered” by David Douglas in early 1800’s (Douglas-fir namesake); but known by indigenous people for millennia before him. The Sugar pine’s range is from Baja California in the south to Southern Washington Cascades in the …