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Calapooia River has wound its way through lot of local history


September 30, 2020

MCKERCHER MILL once stood along the Calapooia River in Crawfordsville, where McKercher Park is now located.

In the East Linn Museum a large, hand-drawn map of Linn County backs a partition of the household room near the rear exit sign.

Most of us would not notice it if our attention were not directed toward it. Compiled in the 1930s, the map depicts landownership. One thing we can trace is the course of the Calapooia River as it travels down between small town, farm and forest platted properties. Several parcels show ownership by banks, the 1930s Great Depression being in full force, resulting in some foreclosures.

The Calapooia rises up near Tidbits Mountain in the extinct volcanic stronghold o...

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