Sharon Nesbit is a former historian and founder of the Troutdale Historical Society. She is a columnist and reporter for the Gresham Outlook and a member of the committee that worked to save the former Multnomah County Poor Farm, now McMenamins Edgefield. She is author of Vintage Edgefield, A History of the Multnomah County Poor Farm, first published in 1995, and a centennial history of Troutdale published in 2007, It Could Have Been Carpdale. She is vice president of the Oregon Geographic Names Board.
Multnomah County Poor Farm (Edgefield)
The Multnomah County Poor Farm in Troutdale was built in 1911 to replace Multnomah County's first home for the destitute, the Hillside Farm in Portland's West Hills. The latter institution, which housed the poor, ill, and disabled, was inspected in the fall of 1910 by a coalition of members …
Troutdale Aluminum Plant
In November 1941, bulldozers advanced into the green meadows of the Sundial Ranch southeast of Troutdale, Oregon, carving out a site for an aluminum reduction plant. Six months later, the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) produced the first lightweight metal at the plant that would be used to fabricate World …