Clackamas County historic sites suffer under ice storm
February's ice storm, which hit hardest in Clackamas County, dealt a devastating blow to the Mark Prairie Schoolhouse and other heritage sites in the county.
Several of the historic oak trees on the property were uprooted and, unfortunately, a couple of the trees fell on the roof of the schoolhouse, causing extensive damage to the structure and destroying a piano inside the building.
"Because of lost revenue during COVID restrictions and wildfires, the recent storm weighs heavily on the budgets of our beloved places," said the Milwaukie Museum's Greg "Frank" Hemer. "It is hard to predict if our heritage sites and museums will survive or recuperate their losses from 2020, and now this."
Clackamas County Heritage Council, a collective organization that supports keeping history alive in the county, asks that you reach out to these mostly volunteer-run organizations and lend a hand or donate to your favorite place. You can contact them by visiting their websites.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to help can mail a check to Mark Prairie Historical Society, 7528 S. Mark Road, Canby, Oregon, 97013. If you would prefer to donate online, click the "donate" button at markprairiehistoricalsociety.org and follow the instructions.
Other sites seeing damage are listed below.
• At the End of the Oregon Trail Center, a large tree at the entrance fell over, and the Interpretive Walk around back has tree debris.
• The Rose Farm and Holmes House suffered no building damage, but limbs and debris cleanup was extensive.
• Museum of the Oregon Territory, already fighting to stay alive financially due to HVAC problems, had trees, limbs and debris fall on its grounds.
• McLoughlin, Barclay and Stevens-Crawford houses were relatively unscathed by the storm.
• Baker Cabin Historic Site saw thick ice, which knocked down many power poles and tore off huge limbs and created huge piles of debris across the multi-acre site. Fortunately, none of the buildings were hit.
• Philip Foster Farm at the End of the Barlow Trail also had tree damage but luckily suffered no building damage.
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