Great Stories from the Past With Sig Unander
Simon Benson - Lumber King, Civic Leader, Visionary. Wednesday, 3/13, 6:30-8 pm, Cedar Mill Library. Read more...
Multnomah Falls…the Historic Columbia River Highway…Portland’s iconic “bubbler” fountains…the Benson Hotel....Benson Polytechnic High School...these priceless public assets exemplify the dedication and generosity of Simon Benson.
A poor Norwegian immigrant, Benson’s life was a cross-section of Oregon’s development, a story of incredible achievement. He revolutionized Oregon’s logging industry, pioneering steam power and inventing huge seagoing log rafts. He led the movement to build good roads and was first Chair of the Oregon State Highway Commission.
Come, hear the story of how this humble woodsman overcame daunting challenges to become Oregon’s Lumber King; then worked just as diligently giving back to his adopted state and country.
Sig Unander is a local author, filmmaker and historian who promises to engage, educate, and inspire you as he brings these stories to life. Program is free and will be held in the Cedar Mill Library's upstairs meeting room.