A local Girl Scout troop thinks that there are some important things that all Portland area residents should know about Abigail Scott Duniway and the new Trimet transit bridge. The second and third grade Brownie troop from West Linn has been advocating to name the bridge for the suffragist – including an appearance on KATU and a video on YouTube.
In the words of 9-year-old Molly Ruff, “Abigail Scott Duniway was a very important woman in Oregon history. In fact she was also an important woman in Idaho and Washington history be cause she got women the right to vote and own their own property in all three states. It took her 41 years to do all of this hard work. Men voted against her 5 times. Even her own brother voted against her. She met her goal in 1912 in fact that was the same year that Girl Scouts was born. The bridge named after her made it to the finalists so please leave a public comment in support of naming the bridge after her. Vote for the bridge to be named after her in honor of all that hard work.”
Abigail has some very worthy competition for the bridge name. The Cascadia Crossing Transit Bridge would honor the Cascade mountains and Oregon’s geology, which is represented in the design of the bridge. The Tillicum Crossing Transit Bridge would pay tribute to Oregon’s native heritage by using the Chinook word for “people, tribe and relatives” and would put a “Bridge of the People” near the “Bridge of the Gods.” The Wy’east Transit bridge would celebrate the native legend of Mt. Hood, which will be visible by pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the bridge. Whichever is your favorite name, you can show your respect for Duniway’s work by having your voice heard in the public process. Go to www.trimet.org/namethebridge and leave a comment for your favorite name!
Photo is of Molly talking to Chet Orloff, Chair of the Trimet Bridge Naming Committee, at a lecture on the bridge at the Oregon Historical Society on February 3.
Story submitted by Erin Ruff – local mom helping the Girl Scout troop advocate for Trimet Bridge voting. PDX Kids Calendar takes no opinion on the naming other than to encourage residents to vote!
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