And from Wikipedia: (italics and links added)
The area around outer Brighton Avenue is Nasons Corner. While part of the independent town of Deering in the 1890s, the area was primarily agricultural, with acres of strawberries and fields of hay. Capisic Brook runs through part of the neighborhood, and its banks were home to the Lucas and Hamblet family-run brickyards, which were sold throughout New England. In 1898, Nasons Corner and the rest of Deering was annexed by the City of Portland. The earliest housing developments in the neighborhood were built beginning around that time and were called Brighton Avenue Terrace and Portland Garden (now Holm Street and Taft Street). The Glenwood project was underway by 1900. It included affordable bungalow style homes named for English counties (Devon, Dorset, Essex and Warwick).
(The annexation of Deering, by the way, was apparently against the will of its inhabitants.)
So perhaps for a long while, the place where the white pine tree grew was a strawberry field or hay field. Or maybe it was the place behind those fields where the people didn’t get to, just birds and other animals doing their own thing. Learning these stories changes the way I feel as I walk around my neighborhood. I think about a land with no concrete on it, no roads, no buildings.
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