The Abernethy Elm

One of the original, and oldest, trees planted by the first settlers of Oregon City.

In June 2001, a chain saw felled one of the last living tree planted by Oregon City’s first pioneer settlers. Planted in 1850 by Anne Abernethy, an American elm tree originally grew here, next to George and Anne’s home at the confluence of Abernethy Creek and the Willamette River. George Abernethy was a successful merchant in Oregon City and the first and only Provisional Governor of Oregon from 1845-49. The big tree survived the Columbus Day Storm, many floods, the building of Highway 99E, the I-205 Bridge and the modernization of Oregon City only to succumb to age and disease.

A local artist salvaged some of the wood and created this sculpture as well as a podium.

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