Platform Realty Group Makes Efforts to Save Chief Kno Tah. In a continuing effort to make our communities better and more livable the Platform Realty Group staff continue to commit many hours of their time to public service. That can come in all forms. From helping with local shelters and food pantries to creating local green spaces this dynamic real estate brokerage takes their commitment and pledge seriously.
That also comes in the form of some creative ideas for some unlikely local landmarks. Four years ago Dirk Knudsen, Co-Founder of PRG, got approval for the salvage and reuse of the historic Mincemoyer Rings-Hill property barn in Orenco, Oregon. That wood from the turn of the Century historic barn ended up going back into the community into as many as 15 homes and commercial buildings.
This year Knudsen has taken up the charge of saving a 25 foot high 25 Ton wooden statue created in 1987 by world renown artist Peter “Wolf” Toth. The statute, known as Chief Kno-Tah, is an iconic artwork of a Native American Chief who has watched people from all over the world pass by Shute Park in central Hillsboro, Oregon. Winter storms in 2016-2017 took a toll on the 1987 Toth masterpiece and damaged his head. Frustrated by the damage and other maintenance requirements the City of Hillsboro Parks Department issued a statement that the Chief, which was built out of a massive Old Growth Log, would have to come down.
Knudsen and others sprang into action believing the Chief, who is the last visible representation of the Atfalati Indian tribe in the City of Hillsboro, had to be saved. He created a Facebook page and a Go Fund Me account and began to work with the City to #SaveChiefKnoTah. Many options were brought forward and discussed and the City and the Parks Committee began to study solutions. Knudsen reached out to Peter Wolf Toth in Florida and the two made an effort to support each other and the effort.
“He can be saved and I will do all that I can to help, ” said Toth. “Ultimately it is a matter of will. The people must save him and come together if they want to save him.”
Seeking options the group reeled in the help of local trucking and excavation expert Shaughn Renner or Renner Trucking. A local who has past The Chief for his entire life, Renner notified his client and friend Paul Harvey of Harvey Marine. Knudsen, Renner, and Harvey then devised a plan to make the City a formal proposal to take the Chief to a new home at Harvey Marine which is nearby and a historic setting as well. The site is the former home of the JB Imlay and sons grain Mill (1880) and the land adjacent was known to have been an active hunting and gathering space of the Atfalati.
This option is unique, out of the box, and a win-win. Read the Hillsboro Tribunes take on this right here.
This is just one example of what Dirk Knudsen and Kirra Krussman are doing to make Hillsboro, Oregon a better place to live. Regardless of the outcome for the Chief is getting a shot to live on. If they can take on projects like this imagine how hard they will work to help your real estate and business pursuits be successful!
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