Willamette Mission Cottonwood

This giant black cottonwood stands near the site of the Willamette Mission established by Reverend Jason Lee in 1834. At that time, the Mission and tree were located on the banks of the Willamette River. The great flood of 1861 changed the river course to its present channel, leaving what is now Mission Lake. The Willamette Mission Cottonwood is the largest of its kind in Oregon and the nation.

Tree Facts

  • Approx. height: 155′
  • Age: Approx 270 years
  • Circumference: 26′ 3″
  • Dedicated on: April 13, 2001
  • Crown: 110′

Nikon D80 – handheld

Nikkor 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

F/9.0, 1/100, ISO 200


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