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Biking the Springwater Corridor!

Posted on March 21st, 2011 in Biking in Portland Oregon, Oregon, Portland, Self-guided Tours of Portland Oregon.

Bring your bikes to the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast and after savoring our delicious breakfast you can saddle up your bikes and begin a day of exploring Portland, Oregon riding through the Springwater Corridor.  And you can continue linking up with a plethora of biking trails connected throughout the city of Portland.

The acquisition of the Springwater Corridor by the city of Portland in 1990 was a giant leap towards completion of the 40-Mile Loop and closed a last major gap in the loop. The 20-mile-long Corridor begins at SE Ivon Street and extends to the community of Boring. It was originally developed for rail service and was most commonly known as the Portland Traction Company Line. It has a smooth, even grade which makes it ideal for many types of recreation.
True to the initial inspiration for the Loop, many parks and open spaces are linked by this addition. Just as the railroad was the lifeblood of the communities it served, the Springwater Corridor/40-Mile Loop will continue to tie neighborhoods together and encompass many scenic areas, including Johnson Creek, wetlands, buttes, agricultural fields and pastures, residential and industrial neighborhoods. Parks include Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Oaks Amusement Park, Sellwood Riverfront Park, Johnson Creek Park, Sellwood Park, Tideman Johnson Nature Park, Beggars Tick Marsh, the I-205 bike path, Leach Botanical Garden, Bundy Park, Powell Butte Nature Park and Gresham Main City Park.
The original rail line beyond Boring is currently owned by the State of Oregon. The addition of this link offers a real possibility of a trail that would link downtown Portland directly with the Pacific Crest Trail in Mt. Hood National Forest.

For more information, check out this link to the Springwater Corridor website.

The Fulton House offer free maps for each of the four area of the corridor as well as a indoor locking  sun-porch for your bike storage.  There are also several biking companies near by to rent bikes as well.


Check out LIVEWIRE! RADIO, on your next stay here at the Fulton House B & B

Posted on March 18th, 2011 in Events at the B & B, Oregon, Portland.


LIVEWIRE! Spring Season

It is a weekly one-hour radio variety show that tapes in front of an enthusiastic live audience at the Alberta Rose Theater, airs on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and is heard nationally and internationally through their podcasts.  It’s the perfect combination of original sketch comedy, illuminating (and entertaining) interviews and stellar music.

Dates at the ALBERTA ROSE THEATER:

Saturday, April 2  This upcoming show includes

WARD CUNNINGHAM – computer programmer and developer of the first WIKI

Composer EVE BEGLARIAN and the THIRD ANGLE ENSEMBLE

Oregon Book Award winning writer EMILY CHENOWETH –  author of Hello Goodbye: a Novel

Musical Guests:
ROCKY VOTOLATO
AGES AND AGES

Friday, April 15th  (Special Broadcast from the Portland Art Museum)

Friday, April 29

Saturday, May 14

Friday, June 3

Guests at the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast having been giving outstanding reviews of the shows which they find have been illuminating and entertaining.  You should really check it out on your next stay here in Portland, Oregon.

 


STREET CARS OF PORTLAND

Posted on March 11th, 2011 in Uncategorized.

Oregon once had one of the most extensive streetcar systems in the United States. Streetcars provided cheap, comfortable public transportation – before there were automobiles.

Streetcar lines formed the streets and neighborhoods that shaped our cities…

http://www.opb.org/programs/oregonexperience/

The Metropolitan Railway’s historic Fulton Line was the first electric line on the West Side, opening on New Year’s Day 1890 (two months after the Albina trolley).  It was intended to run south to West Linn, but the owners began building an interurban on the other side of the river instead.  When the Fulton run reached Riverview Cemetery in 1891 it (briefly) become the longest electric railway in the state at six miles.  Access to downtown was secured by converting the old Portland Traction Company horsecar line on 2nd Avenue to standard gauge electric operation.  Yet, in 1897 the City & Suburban Ry. began changing the whole Riverview line to narrow gauge, necessitating a transfer to standard gauge cars in South Portland for several years.  When the regauging was finished in 1900 the original private right-of-way to Riverview Cemetery was abandoned.  The Fulton Line was discontinued in 1923 when it merged with North and South Portland.  However, an “F” dash sign continued to be used to signify North and South line cars running south to the former Fulton line terminus.