Our bike commute to work goes along Old River Road, then taking a paved path along the river, that opens up to the lower end of George Rogers Park, where the old iron furnace sits, still and forgotten. Until now.Â Looks like there is a restoration effort underway.
An early industry of the Oswego area was iron foundaries. 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, in a corner of George Rogers Park, other than the stone furnace walls, little remains of this early Oregon industrial effort. This city has always seemed to to have the funds to do things like this.