(The following is the text that we placed next to our recreation.)
In 1905 Portland hosted a massive exposition to honor the centennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. One of the many attractions built for the fair was the Forestry Center, located at the corner of NW 28th and Upshur and considered at the time to be the “World’s Largest Log Cabin.” Also known as the “Timber Temple,” the cabin was a testament to Portland’s role as the U.S.’s top timber manufacturing city and an advertisement for the economic potential of Oregon’s forests. 300 old growth logs, the largest of which were 54 feet long and 5 feet wide, went into the building.
The exposition’s motto was “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way,” a statement which fulfilled itself as the city’s population nearly doubled in five years and the expansion of its timber industry slowly changed the landscape of Oregon. At the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805 there were approximately 18.9 million acres of Oregon Ancient Forest, with an estimated 67-90% of it in “old-growth condition.” Today, less than 10% of our old growth remains.
Please take a moment at this recreated Timber Temple to honor the passing of Oregon’s ancient forests.