How Did We Get Here? Creswell’s namesake was champion for the marginalized

CRESWELL — Kim was like a lot of kids born and raised in Creswell over the decades, and easily recalled Oregon summers with her cousins, getting ice cream at the Dairy Queen, running around Holt Park, and taking family bike rides to the iron works. 

“It felt small and comfortable, because I was a kid,” she said. “Now it feels small and uncomfortable.”

Creswell adopted “The Friendly City” as its slogan decades ago. Today, like many small and rural communities across the country, the town’s residents are struggling with racial, social and . . .