Monday, May 15, 2017

Send us Tabor Reservoir historic photos, documents, and stories

The Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association (MTNA) seeks your historic photos, documents, and stories about Mt. Tabor Park's historic open reservoirs. 

We are interested in collecting photos, stories, documents about:
  • Mt. Tabor’s open reservoirs, from construction to today;
  • The Bull Run watershed, from the late 1800’s to today;
  • The original engineering and construction of the Bull Run system, from the watershed to the city.
How to share materials with MTNA?
If you have materials in your own personal collections, please consider sharing them with our team.  You can email: with your digital files.  Or, if your materials are not digitized, send us a note to that same address with a description of what you have and a way to contact you and someone will get in touch. 

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What's this about?
As you may remember, the land use review for the disconnect construction project at the Mt. Tabor reservoirs mandated that the Portland Water Bureau capture some of the story of Mt. Tabor's reservoirs, and their role in the Bull Run water delivery system.  This story is to be made available through on-site educational materials.  This kind of effort is known as an “interpretive program.”  MTNA is part of the joint team (which includes professional historians and PWB staff) that will help craft this interpretive program over the next 2 years. This summer, this team will be dedicated to collecting materials and conducting research, and sometime this fall you can keep an eye out for a public meeting at which we will share some of our emerging ideas for the program.