October Hill

Rod McKuen wrote a song, "Love's Been Good To Me" in 1969. A verse goes, "There was a girl in Portland/ Before the winter chill/ We used to go a-courtin'/ Along October Hill....".

Phil Stanford of the Portland Tribune has been investigating the where and who of this reference, and Sue Wunder contacted the BNA History Committee for help. So far we have learned that October Hill is the name of a housing development located in Bridlemile, but have yet to identify the girl in the song. In the May 31st Tribune, Stanford says that Attorney Bob Yanity knows that October Hill is off Terwilliger Blvd near the old Carnival Restaurant. Could there be two October Hills in Portland? How did Bridlemile's October Hill get its name? Who is the girl referred to in Rod McKuen's song?

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