Posted in July 2015, Shadorma


Ashland, Oregon--Bridge and Lithia Park--Shadorma poem
Original Poetry and Photograph by Leona J. Atkinson ©2015

On a recent road trip to Ashland, OR. my daughter and I visited Lithia Park, which is a beautiful 93 acre park in the city.  In one part of it was a charming bridge, babbling brook and children’s playground.  It was 107 degrees that day!  The water near the bridge was shallow and perfect for wading, so off came our shoes and wading we went!  Such fun and so refreshing!
It was at that point we noticed the name on the bridge was “Atkinson Memorial Bridge 1912”. 
The bridge was built as a memorial to William Atkinson who was a prominent person in the founding of the town.
Surprise!  Perhaps he is one of our ancestors! 🙂


A born and raised Midwesterner who traveled to Oregon in 2006 via the Oregon Trail route, fell in love with Oregon and now calls it home. I am retired and pursuing my life long dream of becoming a Freelance Inspirational Writer.

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