Historic West Linn home was purchased the same year of the bridge's completion

PMG FILE PHOTO - Edward McLean, a doctor serving residents of Clackamas County, purchased the property in 1922. In concert with the 100-year anniversary of the Arch Bridge, the Friends of McLean House and Park group plans to celebrate the centennial of another West Linn landmark on Oct. 1.

In 1922, Clackamas County doctor Edward McLean crossed the newly completed Arch Bridge and purchased the four acres on West Linn's River Street now comprising the McLean House and Park.

The friends group plans to celebrate the anniversary of McLean's purchase with coffee and treats before walking the three-quarters of a mile from the park to the Arch Bridge in time for the bridge centennial celebration.

Friends of McLean House Vice President Mike Watters said the walk will be led by four local scout troops. It will also include information from bridge engineers working on the Oregon Department of Transportation's Abernethy Bridge.

The route from the McLean House to the Arch Bridge will take walkers through West Bridge Park and along the temporary pedestrian walkway beneath the Abernethy, which was built for use during construction.

After his purchase of the property in 1922, McLean built a 17-room colonial-style home, where he lived with his family while serving as a doctor for residents in Clackamas County. The McLean family donated the home to the city of West Linn after his death in 1971.

In addition to the local scout troops, Watters said the Bolton Neighborhood Association, West Linn Lions and West Linn High School cheer team are helping with the walk.

The McLean House and Park will open at 8:30 a.m. for people to enjoy coffee and treats, and the walk will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Watters said the walk will take about 15 minutes.

"With Dr. McLean purchasing the property in 1922, it just made sense to do it with the Arch Bridge centennial," Watters said. "I saw the connection and thought, 'Oh this is great.'"

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