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|Rocky Butte - Boring Lava Field|
Metropolitan Portland, Oregon, includes most of a
Plio-Pleistocene volcanic field. The Boring Lava
includes at least 32 and possibly 50 cinder cones and small shield volcanoes.
One of these cones is Rocky Butte.
From: Wood and Kienle, 1990, Volcanoes of North America: United States and Canada: Cambridge University Press, 354p., p.170-172, Contribution by John E. Allen
|Rocky Butte Scenic Drive Historic District|
Historic Function: Park/Road/District
Date Liste: October 17, 1991
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, and culture. It is maintained in Washington, D.C. by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. A National Register property of special importance to the nation as a whole may be additionally designated a National Historic Site (NHS) or National Historic Landmark (NHL). There are fifteen such properties in Oregon.
-- Information courtesy, National Register of Historic Places, Multnomah County, Oregon, April 2002
|Joseph Wood Hill Park|
In 1901, Joseph Wood Hill established Hill Military Academy in northwest Portland. He soon moved his school to the Rocky Butte area.
In 1935, land on Rocky Butte was donated to the public. The following year, Joseph Wood Hill
Park was completed and officially dedicated at a ceremony which paid tribute to the WPA
workers whose craftsmanship was reflected in the approach drive and throughout the park. Almost
65 years later, thanks to the efforts of the Rocky Butte Preservation Society and the acquisition of
5.5 additional acres, the park has been refurbished and expanded and thus will continue to be
enjoyed by future generations.
The park was refurbished in partnership with the Rocky Butte Preservation Society and
expanded with funds from Metro's 1995 open space bond measure. The site was regraded and lawn areas, irrigation, red cinder pathways, and trees
were added. Four of the original plaques were recast and reinstalled.
Information courtesy Portland Parks and Recreation Website, April 2002
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