A 10-foot bronze statue of former Oregon governor Tom McCall was dedicated at Salem’s Riverfront Park Friday.
Darrel Buttice of the ‘McCall Memorial Committee’ says the massive statue was cast in Enterprise, Oregon, and over the last few days has made a mini tour through the state.
Darrel Buttice: “He has his back to the river and basically it’s based on a famous photo of the Governor coming out of the Umpqua river with a fly fishing rod and a steelhead, with this very determined and pleased look on his face as he’s able to have captured this steelhead.”
Governors Ted Kulongoski and John Kitzhaber attended the dedication along with former Secretary of State Norma Paulus.
She says the statue reminds her of McCall’s “relentless commitments to the state’s environment.”
McCall was governor from 1967 to 1975.