Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Tree Podcasts Part II: Pier Park's Douglas-firs

Today we bring you the second in a series of podcasts highlighting the amazing stories behind some of Portland's historic and Heritage Trees. Produced through a unique partnership between PP&R Urban Forestry and Portland State University, the Portland Heritage Tree Podcasts were created by Caitlin Tholen, Joshua Justice and Ryan Wisnor as part of a Portland State University course on Portland’s Heritage Tree program.

These podcasts explore a few of the many trees within the Heritage Tree program as well as a few trees that are not officially designated. Visit the PSU site to find not only the podcasts, but credits and further reading on the trees. A special thanks to Bruce Rash of KPSU for his assistance in recording these podcasts.

In this episode, you will hear about the Douglas-fir trees of north Portland's Pier Park and their role in "Bloody Wednesday". On the morning of July 11th, 1934, the Douglas-fir trees acted as shields, witnesses, and later symbols to one of the most dramatic and violent scenes of Portland’s labor history. This podcast is an abridged version of a research paper written by Ryan Wisnor.

For more details on Bloody Sunday, visit Ryan's post at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association here

For more podcasts and information on the project, visit: