|Near the beginning, early or mid-1920s|
Looking southwest from Sculpture Garden corner
(Salem Library Historic Photos)
|March 11th, 1919|
|Demolition of the same building at the end|
From the Library's history:
The Oregon Pulp & Paper Company began production at the same site in 1920 and also owned half of the Charles K. Spaulding Logging Company, an adjoining sawmill to the north. The gabled roof of the Oregon Pulp & Paper Company building can still be seen as being a part of the Boise Cascade plant [not any longer, of course]. In 1949 Oregon Pulp & Paper was the largest Salem employer, with 600 employees, except for the State. The plant's papers were distributed as far east as Chicago, and to Mexico, South America, Asia, Africa and the Pacific islands. The sawmill was closed in June 1955, eliminating 135 jobs, and leaving 465 at the paper mill.Cherry Blossoming
Boise Cascade purchased Oregon Pulp & Paper in 1862  and a yeast plant was added to convert byproducts of papermaking into a food additive. In 1964 a container plant was added to supply cartons for food processing plants. Several improvements were made under Boise both to expand production and to meet air and water quality standards; purification lagoons were built on Minto-Brown Island across the slough.
|The Cherries this year on March 10th: Not yet!|
According to 88-year-old Wilbur Bluhm, the cherry blossom trees in front of the State Capitol building are blooming about two weeks earlier than they normally do.This year, though January was a little warmer than average, February was cold! And that seems to have slowed things considerably. The Daphne and Indian Plum to which I look for cues are still slow: Daphne is only beginning to bloom, and Indian Plum is a ways away. So it was not very surprising yesterday in the glorious sun to see the Cherry trees still far from blossom.
Each week Bluhm takes a stroll through Bush Park, the Willamette University campus, Chemeketa Community College campus, Deepwood Estates and a couple of other parks to collect plant, flower and tree data.
The retired horticulturist of 30 years records a variety of information including when trees are leafing, flowering, done flowering, bearing fruit, showing fall colors, and when they lose their leave among other things.
Bluhm has been collecting this the data each week for the past 56 years and says that this spring season is the third earliest date that the cherry blossoms have been blooming outside of the capitol.
"On average, the cherry blossoms bloom around March 15," Bluhm said. "But this year they started on March 1."
According to Bluhm, the flowers on the cherry blossom trees are usually in bloom for about a month, usually ending around April 19.
"This warm weather has definitely accelerated spring as far as the trees go," Bluhm said.
Just as we seem to have temporarily replenished our snowpack, this cool late winter and early spring is a reminder that "weather is not climate."
It'll be interesting to see what the rest of March and then April brings. Will we have an episode of warming that speeds everything back up? Or will this growing season be a momentary reversion to the historical mean?
Either way, more and more it seems important to pick out some yearly or seasonal phenomena and to watch closely over the years, and to grasp and make real climate change in a personal way. Checking in on the date of flowering at the Capitol is a good one.
The Pond at Belluschi Crater
|Ducks and styrofoam at Belluschi Pond|
But how is this at all an improvement on an empty building? Conditioning the Marion Car Park's demolition permit on having a new plan for redevelopment is wise, and hopefully this can be a new trend.
The minutes for the January Downtown Advisory Board have a hopeful "what's happening" note: "Wells Fargo Site – Pre-app on mixed use on that and the Diamond lots." Yes, please!
|It's grown a little!|
|In late January|
|It's hard to discern how far along this really is|
It will be important to follow any parking structure and how Chemeketa Street does or does not continue to focus on non-auto travel.