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by Mary Dickinson
October 10, 2003
Rt 43 brought us into a beautiful expensive touristy shopping area with lots of interesting restaurants in the town of Lake Oswego. This town has been a vacation place for the city of Portland since the 1800s but is updating its physical appearance. It wasn't hard to find the trolley because RR is written in 10' letters across the road near some train tracks but finding the ticket office was a bit more difficult. A small old building with the word "SHORELINE" written on a small sign turn out to be it.
We pulled out of the station and were on our way at 10 miles an hour. It takes about 45 minutes to go the seven miles from Lake Oswego to Portland. First we went through someone's front yard about ten feet from their front door. It was quite a nice house and beautifully landscaped right up to the tracks. We continued to ride past more lovely homes. Their driveways were off Rt 43 and cut across the tracks. The conductor said one homeowner takes the trolley to his place of business once in awhile. The tracks have been there since 1888 and the homes are fairly new.
The little 1932 trolley went through a tunnel and as it chugged a little further we were on a trestle on the side of a cliff. Eventually we were chugging along next to a park and the river. It looked like a great place to walk. We chugged past houseboats and near condos with beautiful Japanese landscaping and past a century old cemetery where Wyatt Earp's brother Virgil is buried. We chugged past the entrance to Willamette Park. We stopped for local traffic as we entered the city. The conductor used remote control to stop local traffic if he chose.
The Ross Island Bridge and then the Marquam Bridge loomed over head. Finally we arrived at River Place Station. We decided to see the trendy shopping area near the river and have lunch at the floating Newport Bay Restaurant and take a later trolley back to Lake Oswego.
From journal The Settlement of Oregon
by Christina A. Parsons
February 4, 2001
From journal Prestigious Lake Oswego