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Behind the project: Taggart Outfall Structural Rehabilitation

Wastewater systems are often the last thing on our minds. That was not the case for a group of over 4,000 Portland, OR schoolchildren in 1938. Portland’s wastewater history starts in 1864 with a simple wooden trough that collected sewage and carried it directly to the river. Fifteen miles of 9 to 18-inch diameter terracotta … Continue reading Behind the project: Taggart Outfall Structural Rehabilitation

Behind the project: Leach Botanical Upper Garden Development

John and Lilla Leach moved to the 4.5-acre site of the future Leach Botanical garden in the early 1930s in southeast Portland, Oregon. They built the existing stone cottage on the banks of Johnson Creek as a summer get-away. In 1936, the newly built Manor House became their full-time residence and they began landscaping and … Continue reading Behind the project: Leach Botanical Upper Garden Development