|Sagging barn on Zena Road, early 1900s - it will be gone soon|
The collection of handmade structures built in the Willamette Valley between 1841 and 1865 embody the culmination the Oregon Trail experience. While their significance to our state’s history is paramount, these buildings are being lost at an alarming rate.1853 Phillips House Shows Neglect
A ride out to Zena showed lots of old buildings, and one in particular.
|Phillips House of 1853 - Vacant since 2002 and in danger|
By Salem standards, it's really freakin' old! Statehood came in 1859, remember.
Here's the neighborhood in 1852. Just three farms, five dwellings maybe.
|John Phillips claim in upper right, 1852|
|Zena today and in 1852|
click to enlarge to see approximate location
of early road and Phllips claim
(General Land Office survey map from UO)
John Phillips, who died at Spring Valley, July 1, aged 78 years, was born in Wiltshire, England, November 25, 1814....It would be a shame to lose the tangible link to all this. Restore Oregon is right to highlight the legacy and the threat.
He came to New Orleans in 1839, where he married Elizabeth Hibbard on February 11, 1839, who now survives him. Thence to St. Louis, Mo., two weeks after, where he lived six years, leaving there for Oregon in April, 1845, bringing his wife and two children with ox teams in company with Joe Meek [or Stephen Meek?], as leader. Arriving in Oregon City in October, he spent the following winter there. Early in the spring of 1846 they moved to St. Paul, Marion county, where he and Thomas Roberts, a man who crossed the plains with him, were employed to finish the Sisters’ school and Catholic church at that place, being the first church ever erected in Oregon.
In July, 1847, they moved to Spring Valley, on the donation land claim which he held until his death. In the spring of 1849 he went to the gold mines of California in company with J. D. Walling and others, returning in the summer of the same year. Since that time he has lived on the home place, where for years he manufactured with his tools, out of rough lumber, sash, doors, coffins and household furniture, which was sold to the people for miles around. At present there are several beautiful pieces of furniture in the house, carved out with old-fashioned tools, such as the pioneers were compelled to use.
Wallace's Crosswalks of Futility
I hate riding on Wallace Road. Cars are zoomy and the shoulder could be more generous. Even in town with the bike lanes, the speed limit's 45.
And no matter where you are, crossing it's nearly impossible.
|45mph in town on Wallace Road NW|
There's a crosswalk in the distance
Seriously, at 45mph, how many drivers are 1) going to see people on foot and 2) then be able to stop in time? More realistically, how many drivers will see people on foot and even be willing to stop?
Yeah, ODOT or the City, I'm not sure who, did an "improvement and safety project" a while back, and put several crosswalks in along Wallace Road..
Here's the first one going into town. Can you see the crosswalk itself, where there might be a person on foot?
|Walking Man! But the crosswalk itself is camouflaged|
|More camouflage for the signage and crosswalk|
|Seriously, at 45mph, who's going to stop,|
even when you're wearing lime green?! (at left)
This car didn't stop.
I'm stopped on bike, the person on foot is bright, there are signs.
How many cues does a driver need?
This is not a comfortable environment for anyone not in a car, and it's not clear that stuff around the edges will make that much of a difference. Other people on bike, for example, preferred the sidewalk to the bike lane.
|Sure there's a bike lane - but that truck's big and fast!|
More happy were the new staple racks installed at the newly completed short-cut between the Union Street Railroad Bridge and Glen Creek Road. The gridded shadow is from a bench out of the frame to the right, and another bench was on the other side of the tree.
|New staple racks at the soccer field in Wallace Park|
|The path, now complete, is immediately adjacent|
to a proposed highway
(This expressway configuration
is from an earlier stage in the process.
See comments below for more on this - also, click to enlarge)
|Robert Wallace history|
Wallace set to improving the old wagon path from his farm into Salem. Using his own money to widen, grade, and maintain the road, it soon became known as Wallace Road. And true to form, Wallace shared it with everyone.It would be lovely for this ecumenical and public-minded spirit to reinspire ODOT and the City in their approach to Wallace Road: To make it a road everyone, including those not in cars, feels they can embrace and use easily and comfortably.
For sticklers, here's the very latest "Salem Alternative" with the Glen Creek Path. The portion near the arrow would need to be rebuilt for sure.
|Salem Alternative OR-22/Marine Drive Expressway|
and new Glen Creek Path