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Pam Chartier
McBride Elementary
St. Helens, Oregon

The time in Oregon is:

    The Columbia County Courthouse Clock 

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The courthouse was built in 1906, and four years later the clock and the bell were installed. The bell can be heard from three miles away. At that time, there were three towns here instead of one: Houghton, Milton, and St. Helens. There were only 1,500 people living here. There was heavy river traffic and a big ship building business.


The Clock

Looking down at the river
He saw sailing ships, big ones.
He heard fog horns.
He smelled crackers.
He imagined he could taste lunch.

by Sam, McBride School, St. Helens, Oregon