Walking tour to explore river history
A Canby organization will host a walking tour to celebrate rapids and examine history.
Rivers of Life Center, a nonprofit located in Canby, is sponsoring the tour beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 12. It will take place at a fitting location, Clackamette Park, which lies at the confluence of the Willamette and Clackamas rivers.
"All persons, including children, are welcome for this event as long as they wear a mask as well maintain proper social distancing," said Jerry Herrmann, one of the tour leaders. "We will investigate the rapids and the worst navigational hazards on the Willamette and Clackamas rapids overlook adjoining the park."
According to Herrmann, participating historians and naturalists will help the tour group see the effects of the two conflicting rivers and the impacts on navigation and settlement of Willamette Falls.
Herrmann relates the area's history to the present time. He said the coming of a two-mast schooner called Owyhee, with its notorious leadership, began the demise of Native people due to diseases that allegedly were released intentionally while the ship was anchored near the Clackamas.
"People considering the impact of the modern pandemic will be made aware of the 5,000 Natives slain because of that ship's deliberate intentions to either gain trading rights with local Natives or spread the 'sick,'" Herrmann said.
Living history actors will provide a treat for tour participants, portraying botanist David Douglas, who walked the lands in 1824 and 1829.
The Rivers of Life Center educates and trains at-risk youth, providing services to communities and businesses in wildlife landscaping as well as environmental tours and treks. Find out more about the nonprofit at riversoflifecenter.org.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.