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"Old Sherwood Town" is only nine blocks in size, yet it represents a very large chunk of what America was about during the turn of the 19th Century. The physical Trail winds through these nine blocks. It begins and ends at the Sherwood Heritage Center. (Also take a look at our 2006 Web Page!)

The Olden Days: What Were They Really Like?

Hopkins Third Graders follow the model train at Morback House, while others from their school successfully complete the Smock Blocks test. Hundreds of such children follow the Sherwood Heritage Trail every year with June Reynolds leading the way. The famous Trail Guide Clyde List is often on hand to assist the famous playwright in retelling the story of Old Sherwood Town.Thanks to their efforts, nary a 3rd Grader in Sherwood can fail to name the founder of Sherwood. The name of the man who was once addressed as "The Dean of Oregon Mayors" by the League of Oregon Cities. Joseph Edward Morback is a household word in the 88J school system. There can be no mystery about who climbed to the top of the Sherwood water tower and had to cry out for help in getting back down.

22 comments:

Lilly Morgen said...

It was hard to get pictures with all the constant moving going on!!!

Anonymous said...

We saw a big map and we saw how far we walked. from Tim

Anonymous said...

I saw where the Indian baby was put on the porch for Mr. Boston. He had alotl of Kids.

Anonymous said...

Mr List, were you really the Mayor of Sherwood? That is waht Bret said. I don't think he is right.

Anonymous said...

Where did the brick factory get the clay to make bricks?

Anonymous said...

I went to the Smock Blocks. You know a lot of history. Maybe you should write a book.

Anonymous said...

I want to see inside the old house. There was a chair in the window. Why did they put it there?
I had a good tim with the walk. It was fun.

jaycee said...

Anonymous said... We saw a big map and we saw how far we walked. from Tim.

JayCee replies... Back in the old days people walked from Portland and back and never noticed it. Every day!

Anonymous said... I saw where the Indian baby was put on the porch for Mr. Boston. He had a lot of Kids.

JayCee replies... June Reynolds! You should answer this one!

Anonymous said... Mr List, were you really the Mayor of Sherwood? That is waht Bret said. I don't think he is right.

Mr.List replies... Yeap. I was Mayor from 1980 till 1983. I won by a landslide and then I lost by a landslide. Worst job I ever had.

Anonymous said...Where did the brick factory get the clay to make bricks?

JayCee replies... the bricks come from that good old Sherwood soil. That's why the ground sinks a little between the railroad track and the foot of the hill.

Anonymous said... I went to the Smock Blocks. You know a lot of history. Maybe you should write a book.

JayCee replies... Thank you but who would read such a book?

Anonymous said... I want to see inside the old house. There was a chair in the window. Why did they put it there? I had a good time with the walk. It was fun.

JayCee replies... maybe a ghost. Morback House has a ghost, but I've never heard of one in Smock House.

Lilly Morgen said...

Wall, what does that June Reynolds know? She was born when the Hopkins School was built! But I, Lilly Morgan, remember the morning when it all happened. The fog was swirling 'round that morning when John opened the door and saw that baby lying there in a bundle of rags. He brought it in and named it after himself: John Boston! That little baby grew up and went off to war in France in World War I.

Anonymous said...

We went on the trail which was at the Old Town part of Sherwood. It was fun. We saw the allies in between the two parts of the blocks. What did they use them for?
I forgot.

Lilly Morgen said...

I am here to report that I saw no ghosts in Old Town on the night of
Oct. 31st at 11:00 p.m. There was a skeleton driving a truck near Clancys and a lot of laughing on Willamette St.-or was that the roar of the rapids? There was not even the ghost cow of Stella Olsen either!

jaycee said...

A few years ago we traveled the alleys of Old Sherwood Town during our Ghost Tour. The alleys are creepy amd we had a lot of fun. Hey Lilly! How come we didn't have a Ghost Tour this year? Did we run out of ghosts?

Lilly Morgen said...

We need to get our ghost fanatics agitated again. There was a sighting of a ghost in the window of the Morback House last year, in the spring I believe. That was the last report I heard of.

Lilly Morgen said...

Alleys have always been important in the big cities as well as the small towns. They were built so that people could get supplies such as wood, ice, and other supplies into the store or business. They were also used as exits during fires. J.C.? Can you think of any other reasons why alleys were built? I remember that garbage also used to be collected in alleys.

jaycee said...

Beats me, what to say about the alleys. The only thing I know is that when I was a 3rd or 4th Grader I followed a friend of mine through the alleys of Old Sherwood Town and got totally mystified about the place. I've been mystified about Old Sherwood Town ever since! Strangest place I ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Why did the third graders go on the Heritage Trail? What did they learn?

Clyde said...

You would have to ask a Third Grader that question. As Trail Guide I can only imagine what a Third Grader would say. If I were a Third Grader I would have been bubbling over with excitement about what I learned. I would probably say:

"Jeepers! Can you believe it!? Sherwood used to be the kind of town Walt Disney lived in when he was a Third Grader. He lived in a town called Marceline, in the State of Missouri. And that's why we have Mainstreet USA at Disneyland! It's really Marceline Missouri! Wow!"

That's what I would expect your average Clyde Hopkins 3rd Grader to say. And that would be only an average Third Grader.

Anonymous said...

when can we go on the trail? I want to go on the trail.

JayCee said...

The Trail Guide is leading a crew of Cub Scouts on the Heritage Trail Thursday, the 19th at 3:00 PM. Why don't you come along?

Lilly Morgen said...

OH MY!!, JayCee! You must get a photograph of the boys on the trail!

JayCee said...

It wasn't like that. It rained. These guys did help us fix the model railroad though. The train got stuck and they crawled in to find it and rescue it.

Anonymous said...

I want to know what platted ment and I want to know why Mr an mRS sMOCK surveyed the town. How did they know how to do it? Did they lern it in school?

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