Mission: Preserving and sharing stories of human enterprise and the power of the water at the great falls of the Willamette River.

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Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation

Redevelopment Planning Critical Location and Equipment / Materials Preservation List

Ingersol Rand Air Compressor

Ingersol Rand Air Compressor

Steam Turbine and Fire Pump

Steam Turbine and Fire Pump

3 Boiler - 4 Burner

2 Boiler - 3 Burner

3 Boiler - Turbine and Forced Draft Fan

Mill A and Hog Fuel Conveyor

Electrical Power Generating Room - Mill A

De-barker - Mill A

Press - Mill A

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The Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation (aka “Friends of the Locks”) is pleased to provide input on our priorities for the West Linn Waterfront Redevelopment Plan. As noted on our letterhead, the Foundation’s mission is to preserve and share stories of human enterprise and the power of the great Falls of the Willamette River.

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Our adopted focus and priorities include:

 * Developing information sources about the industrial and cultural heritage at the Falls.

 * Being supportive of current facilities and industries to the extent they remain economically viable.

 * If current facilities are no longer viable, promoting a transformation and repurposing of facilities that preserves and reflects their long heritage in the communities at the Falls.

 * Encouraging and repurposing or adaptive reuse to preserve iconic historic structures while increasing accessibility to the falls and historical features and ensuring on-site interpretation of their history.

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Three of our current projects and initiatives directly relate to planning for the West Linn Waterfront Redevelopment – as such, we greatly appreciate the opportunity to work closely with PGE and the City as an important stakeholder on the West Linn Waterfront Redevelopment Plan.

They are:

 * Support transfer of ownership and reopening the Willamette Locks

 * Coordinate with PGE, West Linn Paper, and ODFW on ways to preserve and utilize Mill A and provide access to the viewing of Willamette Falls.

 * Advocate for heritage and preservation interests within the West Linn Old City Hall District and the Industrial Heritage District of the West Linn Waterfront Project.

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The West Linn Paper Mill (especially Mill A) and PGE power generation are not only historic, but they represent unique stories in not only West Linn, but also regional and state heritage. The West Linn Paper Mill began operating in 1889 and offers an incredibly important paper making  story. Its juxtaposition with the unique power generation story at the Sullivan Plant creates the compelling need to plan the site in a way that will preserve and share the significant historical, cultural, and industrial heritage that the area represents for future generations. The planning should include the area’s place in the National Heritage Area – in which it can play a significant role – as well as its tourism opportunities in the Mt. Hood Territory.

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The Foundation is interested in preserving Mill A and certain other locations and equipment/materials as part of the redevelopment plan. In so doing, the amazing opportunities for future education and interpretation about the site history will not be lost. We have carefully considered and prepared the attached preliminary list of critical locations and priority equipment materials that we request be included in the West Linn Waterfront Redevelopment Plan.

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The Foundation looks forward to working with the City and PGE as this vital planning for the redevelopment of the West Linn waterfront moves forward. Please note that the Foundation will be providing a photo gallery and other materials to further illustrate the above items and clarify and document our preservation request. We expect the list and how these elements are integrated in the plan will be refined as the master planning evolves for the area.

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Thank you for the opportunity to provide input into the West Linn Waterfront Redevelopment planning process. We would like to schedule meetings with you to personally share and review our priorities and ideas for the site. We request to be a partner with PGE and the City in planning for preservation of history and culture and access to the area. Please contact Nancy Kraushaar at

snkraushaar@gmail.com or 503.616.6400 to contact the Foundation on this subject.

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Very truly yours,

Nancy Kraushaar, Vice President

On behalf of Troy Bowers, President

Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation

Steam Plant

Steam Plant

3 Boiler

De-barker Mill A

Hog Fuel Pit Mill A

Hog Fuel Pit - Mill A

Control Wheels for Turbines Mill A

Saw Sharpening Shop Mill A

Mill J - One of the original structures

One of the original boilers - outside of Mill D

Steam Plant with stack for 1 and 2 boiler

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