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Walking History Tour of Portland

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Take a fascinating, walking history lesson of Portland with Laura Foster.

First Broadcast: 2006

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Portland Hill Walks by Laura Foster
  • With Portland Hill Walks, you’ll take twenty meandering, view-studded strolls from the city’s forested canyons to its cityscape peaks, as you explore Portland’s streets, stairs, trails, and hidden passageways. Each hill walk focuses on the city’s history, geology, and built environment, with anecdotes sprinkled throughout about colorful past residents like Oswald West, Maurine Neuberger, or Lilla Leach. Each route also provides offbeat horticultural information, even delving into the uses American Indians made of native Northwest plants. Some walks reveal the secrets held within the city’s public art; others reveal the secrets of our much-altered landscape: which mountainside was terraced in stairsteps, which lake was buried under tons of muck, and which prominent rock shuddered in the onslaught of the earth’s most catastrophic floods. Come discover the stories, spirit, and beauty of a town rated among the nation’s most livable places.
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Wildcat Haven; Walking History Tour of Portland; Freshwater Mussels (1804)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1804
Original Broadcast: October 27, 2006