Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #63



Thirteen Things About Longview, WA


1. It is the town where I was born and raised.
2. It is at the juncture of the Colombia and Cowlitz rivers on the border with Oregon.
3. It is connected to Raineer, OR by the 8288 foot long Lewis and Clark cantilever bridge designed by Joseph Strauss, engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge.
4. It was founded by Missouri timber baron Robert A. Long for the thousands of lumber mill workers and incorporated in 1924.
5. It was a planned city with every street mapped and named before construction began.
6. Films shot in Longview include Into the Wild (2007), Men of Honor (2000) and God’s Country and the Woman (1937).
7. Beautiful Lake Sacajawea Park a popular recreational site in the middle of town is where the July 4th fireworks display is held. Year around walking and jogging on the path that circles the lake and fishing and canoing on the waters. I fondly remember feeding the ducks as a child.
8. It is home of the Nutty Narrows Bridge built for squirrels and strung between tree across a busy city center street.
9. My high-school, Mark Morris was one of two the other and once the only one was R. A. Long our arch-rivals. Ed and I first became friends while hanging out in the school library.
10. It is home of the Port of Longview, the first full service marine port on the Colombia River.
11. The Monticello Hotel, one of the buildings on the Civic Center circle facing R. A. Long park, was the first permanent structure completed.
12. R. A. Long Park, originally named Jefferson Park, is in the center of the city and the main streets of the city radiate outwards like the spokes of a wagon wheel.
13. The Longview Public Library on the opposite side of the circle from the Monticello Hotel was the third building completed and was a personal gift from R. A. Long. This was my first library and like a first love will always hold a special place and my heart. I got to visit it today and my sister checked out some items for me. That being on my mind was the inspiration for this TT list.


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