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Site History

People in the GardenAt one time, this land was part of the Willamette Valley Wet Prairie which covered large areas of the Willamette Valley and up into Washington state. After the first settlers arrived and the new town began to grow, the area near Skinner Butte quickly moved from primarily agricultural use to a combination of municipal, private and institutional uses. During the WPA era, the retaining walls and stairs on the north side of the butte were built. The site was also used as a car camp, and after World War II part of the land at Lincoln and Cheshire was developed as temporary housing for returning veterans. Also in the 40s, Leonard Ropp operated an azalea nursery on the site that is now Skinner City Farm.

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