Corbett Oak & SW Portland


In this episode, we present a brief history of the 200 year old Corbett Oak, Heritage Tree #179. This White Oak witnessed Southwest Portland’s first land claims in the 1800’s and nearly became a casualty of redevelopment efforts in the 1980s. This podcast is an abridged version of a research paper written by Kira Lesley.


Host: Ryan Wisnor
Research: Kira Lesley

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Further Reading:

Abbott, Carl. “South Portland/South Auditorium Urban Renewal Project.” Oregon Encyclopedia. (accessed May 2, 2015).

Burnham, Howard J. “The Annual Society Address: For the Land’s Sake!” Oregon Historical Quarterly 53, no. 4 (December 1952), 230-231.

Leflar, Stephen. The Pursuit of Happiness: A History of South Portland (ebook). Portland: Portland Business Alliance, 2007.

Toll, William. “The Self-Promotional Metropolis.” Oregon History Project.