- Oregon City, OR
- Site Type:
- Landscaping and Tree Planting, Parks and Recreation
- New Deal Agencies:
- Works Progress Administration (WPA), Work Relief Programs
- John L. Franzen
- Quality of Information:
- Site Survival:
Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers began construction of the Singer Hill Creek Falls landscape feature in May 1936. Oregon City manager J L Franzen designed the series of five waterfalls as part of improvements to the McLoughlin Promenade. WPA funding was $2500 for the combined waterfall project and the Promenade Staircase.
Dropping from the Oregon City bluff at Eighth Street, Singer Creek falls into a series of twenty foot wide pools. Four of the pools create a ten foot drop while the fifth drops twelve feet. WPA masons used stone quarried locally encased in cement to create the park’s water feature.
This is the only portion of Singer Creek that is visible before it enters the Willamette River.
"Five Waterfalls Planned in Park: Oregon City Project to be made Thing of Beauty," Oregonian. May 24, 1936.
Oregon City Planning (2000) "The Bluff at 8th Street: Singer Hill Creek Falls," 2000 Historic Inventory Form. https://www.orcity.org/planning/bluff-8th-street-singer-hill-creek-falls
Site originally submitted by Judith T Kenny on September 15, 2020.
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