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July 2020 BAC general meeting

This month’s BAC general meeting will be held as a conference call. You can join via your computer, tablet, or phone. Call-in details can be found at the event link below.

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July 2020 BAC board meeting

This month’s BAC board meeting will be held as a conference call. You can join via your computer, tablet, or phone. Call-in details can be found at the event link below.

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What happened to Brooklyn Creek?

In the 1850s, when Gideon Tibbetts, the original donation land grantee of the area that would become the Brooklyn Neighborhood, first sited his farm and subsequent extensive apple and pear orchards, he chose fertile land on the banks of a creek that ran through his new property. As one of the first land grant holders on the east side of the river opposite the newly established townsite of Portland, he also built the first flour mill on the eastside, on the bank of that same creek, using waterpower to operate the mill wheels.

After satisfying the land grant requirements of personal use for 4 years, he began to sell farm sites, platting out and selling parcels of his claim for $10 to $50 per acre. The creek was used as a selling point – the area was called Brook Land in advertisements in the Oregonian to attract buyers. As the land was developed, the name became shortened to Brooklyn. For 50 years, as the area was absorbed into East Portland then Portland, Brooklyn Creek threaded its way through the community. Then, just after 1900, to control flooding and to allow more development, the city decided to bury the creek in a massive pipe draining into the Willamette. Brooklyn Creek was no more, existing only in memories or stories. Today, one can still hear Brooklyn Creek gurgling along underground at manholes on SE 16th Street.

Composite Sanborn map of the route of Brooklyn Creek in 1901
Stephens Slough, which Brooklyn Creek flows into as it widens, lies off the map to the northwest. Upper Brooklyn Creek extends along 16th Street. Street names changes: Ellsworth is now Woodward, Cole is Kelly, Beacon is Franklin, and Frederick is Pershing. The large arrow indicates the footprint of the house of Gideon Tibbetts. Click image for full size PDF.
1901 Brooklyn Creek map overlaid with current aerial photo of Brooklyn neighborhood
1901 Brooklyn Creek map overlaid with current aerial photo of Brooklyn neighborhood. Click image for full size PDF.

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Brooklyn Action Corps Newsletter

Brooklyn Neighborhood News July/August 2020

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For more details on the historical route of Brooklyn Creek and a high-resolution map, check out the expanded web version of the article What happened to Brooklyn Creek?

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Peaceful Protest in Brooklyn Park

Family friendly peaceful protest organized by a group of your fellow neighbors! Come join us in support of racial justice and equity on Monday, June 15th, at 4:30pm.

Get your signs, voices, and noise makers ready! See you there!

Masks and social distancing is encouraged.

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June 2020 BAC board meeting

This month’s BAC board meeting will be held as a conference call. You can join via your computer, tablet, or phone. Call-in details can be found at the event link below.

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May 2020 BAC general meeting + elections

This month’s BAC general meeting will include annual board elections.

The meeting will be held as a conference call. You can join via your computer, tablet, or phone. Call-in details can be found at the event link below.

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May 2020 BAC board meeting

This month’s BAC board meeting will be held as a conference call. You can join via your computer, tablet, or phone. Call-in details can be found at the event link below.

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Brooklyn Neighborhood News May/June 2020

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A walk around the neighborhood

As we settle into this “Forced Pause”, we now have the time to look around us and enjoy our surroundings.

A quick walk around our beautiful Brooklyn Neighborhood