But the stairs aren’t all that remains of the station.
The USCGC Bluebell (WLI 313) is a buoy tender that was commissioned to Vancouver in 1945; it’s the second-oldest cutter in the Coast Guard fleet and the oldest on this side of the Mississippi River. Even though Bluebell has been operating out of the Coast Guard station in Swan Island in Portland since 1973, a piece of it was left behind to mark the first station it served.
“If you go to the waterfront park and look at the flagpole, it’s the mast from that cutter,” Jollota said. “It memorializes the Coast Guard station that everyone’s forgotten.”
(We’re still working on answering the other question in the voting round tie, “Where exactly is our recycling going now?” Stay tuned.)