During the early years of Lake Oswego, a peg was driven into this old tree, on which was hung a lantern to provide light for town meetings.
The pegs are gone, the early settlers are gone, parts of old town have been redeveloped, and appartments now surround the area.
However, the old tree remains. It is near the intersection of Furnace and Leonard streets, just south of what is now downtown Lake Oswego (but is north of what was then downtown, and today is called "old town Lake Oswego").
The first monument at the tree site was dedicated in 1967.
This area on the south side of Lake Oswego is supposed to be turned into a huge number of housing developments in coming years. Two property owners in the area saw what was coming, and decided that rather than sell out all of their land to housing development companies, they should donate significant sections of their land to create city parks.
Stevens Meadow appears to be intended for horseback riding or lap running. There is a bark dust trail in the middle of a cleared field, and several wooden benches. The park has a great view of the surrounding countryside, and it is possible to see the foothills of the Cascades in the distance.
Watch local wildlife carefully: there may be hawks chasing after animals in this field, and small birds frequent the park. Directly north of the park is an example of the dense housing that will soon take over almost all of the land within eye sight of this park - so enjoy the view while you can get it.
Directly up the hill from the park is a paved trail leading to Cooks Butte Park, and if you are interested in taking a forest hike that may be a good option as well.
Dogs are not allowed in this park, but there is a nearby dog exercise park, and Cook Butte Park does allow pets on leashes.
From I-205: take Stafford Road Exit and go North (to Lake Oswego). At the round-about take Atherton Drive. After 1 left curve and 1 right curve, take an immediate left into Park driveway.
This park is located at the top of a hill, south of Lake Oswego, near Stafford Road. There are several ways to get into the park but all of them are difficult to find.
Most of the park has dirt walking trails through second growth forest, but some parts of the park have dirt roads. If it has been raining, then you will get muddy.
Near the top of the hill, there is a grass open space with a bench and a few trees which are a dedication to the couple that donated the land to build the park. A rock with some of their favorite sayings carved in it is located near the bench, and the wife loved dogwood trees so there is one of those as well. She loved all life, and she wanted to see a place for her beloved birds preserved.
There is a paved trail from Stevens Meadow Park so see that tip if you want to start from there. Only a short part of the trail is paved, however.
Other entrances to the park are located at the very top of Palisades Crest Drive and SW Delenka Lane.
One section of George Rogers Park is a small picnic area dedicated to Lake Oswego's sister city affiliations. The earliest of these noted on the sign is the sister city relationship wth Mordialloc, Australia in 1988.
Even on a wonderful day with the rest of the park crowded with people, there is no one in this part of the park.
Why? This is a wonderful shady picnic area, and with the rest of the park crowded I would think people would overflow into this area.
Perhaps it is so hidden and private from the rest of the park that people don't even know it exists?
Lake Oswego is currently a suburb community to Portland, and a fairly wealthy one at that. However, in its history the city had a very active industrial complex.
The earliest of those industries was an iron foundry. The hill known as "Iron Mountain" is (or at least was) reasonably rich in iron ore, and the furnace and foundry complex was constructed south of what is now Lake Oswego.
Today, other than the stone furnace walls, little remains of this early Oregon industrial charge.
The furnace remains in a corner of George Rogers Park, south of downtown Lake Oswego. Many locals visit this park as it is a wonderful park, but few travelers from out of town ever make it to this park, let alone notice the furnace.
The web site below is for the city of Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department.