Blue Atlas Cedar

Blue Atlas Cedar in Carlton Oregon

The Blue Atlas Cedar in Carlton’s Ladd Park is over 100 years old.

Ladd Park was designed by Samuel Lancaster, architect of the Columbia River Highway and landscape architect. The Brooks Nursery donated plants and we can allow surmise that the Blue Atlas Cedar was part of the plant selection.

Blue Atlas CedarSarah Hall Ladd (1860-1927) was a renowned American landscape photographer of the Pacific NW. Her husband, Charles E. Ladd (1857-1920), was a businessman. The Ladd family businesses included the first bank in Portland, mills, railroads, ironworks, The Portland Hotel, and liquor. The Ladd District in Portland was an innovative master planned community and just a small part of the land the Ladd’s owned East and West of the Willamette.

In 1910 Sarah and her husband moved to Carlton. Sarah Ladd left $1500 in her estate to build a fountain in honor of her husband. And since the Ladd’s were important citizens of Carlton in the early 1900s, the most suitable location was found in the City Park which became Ladd Park.

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Carlton, Oregon, first settled by homesteaders in the 1840s, has a rich history of agriculture, logging, and, most recently, wine production.  Download the Walking Tour and explore the history of Carlton via a self-guided tour on your mobile device.

From R.R. Thompson House and The Carlton Inn explore dozens of small wineries, unique shops and wonderful restaurants in Carlton’s historic pioneer downtown. Lose oneself in the rich history of Oregon’s Willamette Valley on a scenic day trip from our Willamette Valley bed and breakfasts. I’d be remiss if I did not mention Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast. About 7 miles from Carlton, the innkeeper suggested the Blue Atlas Cedar for our Majestic Oregon Trees series.

April celebrates Arbor Day and Earth Day and we’ll recognize some Magnificent Oregon Trees all month

Arbor Day, much like Earth Day, is a holiday that celebrates nature. Its purpose is to encourage people to plant trees and this year the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will take the opportunity to recognizes our unique, magnificent trees throughout the month of April. Many of these trees, but not all, have been recognized as Oregon Heritage Trees.

Oregon Heritage Trees – Trees that Tell an Historic Story

Oregon has a vast amount of ancient trees across the state that are reminders of not only the their longevity but as their importance to the environment and our Oregon Heritage. Many have been recognize by the Oregon Travel Information Council in their Oregon Heritage Tree program.

These Trees Tell Stories

‘Honored groves, single trees or groups of trees have something in common with one another no matter what the species: they are trees that tell a story; trees that confound and astound; trees that educate both Oregonians and visitors about significant people or events from the past; trees that have survived natural disasters or stand as silent sentries to the passage of time. And that’s only a small part of what makes an Oregon Heritage Tree compelling.’

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We recognize that there will be mixed feelings about this change. We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of a person’s individual decision to wear a mask or not, and most importantly kind to yourself.

Our inns are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Not sure if your favorite inn  is open? Give them a call as they just might be.