The offices of Craigmore Creations are located at 2900 Se Stark St in Portland, Oregon. We've been here for a two and a half years so far. The building is not exactly our favorite space. It's boxy, it does not have windows for every office, it has florescent lighting. The air ducts are allergen harboring tubes. I could go on and on, but I won't. This blog post is not about the building that we are located within. It's about the street our building is upon.
Stark Street certainly isn't the first street people think of when they think of Portland, Oregon. The street has two very different personalities on either side of the river. Here on the east side, it has speed bumps and is more residential than commercial so many people do not travel Se Stark unless they need to. Our office is located at one of Se Stark Street's few commercial corners.
One lesser known fact about Stark St is that is is also Baseline for the Willamette Meridian. The Willamette Meridian was established in 1851by a surveying crew of the Public Land Survey System. There is a point up in the west hills known as the "Willamette Stone" by which the Meridian was established. It was required that the meridian not pass through the Columbia River or Lake Vancouver. The east/west line runs from the Pacific Ocean to the Idaho state line. The north/south line runs from the Canadian border with Washington to the California border with Oregon.
From these two master lines, all township and range lines were drawn and then from those, all real property lines were drawn. "Initial Point" is where these two lines intersect. Over the years it has been marked by a red cedar stake, then a stone obelisk (the original Willamette Stone, which was vandalized in the 1980's), and now a cement slab and a plaque located at Willamette Stone State Heritage Site.
|Stone Marker 2 Miles from River|
Next time you send a letter to Craigmore Creations, think about Stark Street, especially if you live in Oregon or Washington, because all of this area's property is divided from this original line.
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This article has nice pictures and is clearly and informatively written:
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