Orange Risdon Surveys Saline from New Outdoor Perch

 09/26/2014 - 16:19
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A sculpture of the city's founder, Orange Risdon, has been moved outdoors at City Hall. The city hopes more people will see the art and take interest in Saline's history. (Photo courtesy of Linda TerHaar).

Today Orange Risdon is enjoying the beautiful weather like everyone else in the town he founded.

The city's sculpture of Risdon, credited as Saline's founder, has been moved from inside City Hall to a location outdoors, beside the City Hall steps. The sculpture was made as an outdoor sculpture.

The hope is that more people will see the sculpture and take an interest in Saline's history.

The sculpture, made of clay and cast in bronze, was created by artist Elizabeth Rogers in honor of her father, Ken Rogers. The Rogers family traces its roots in Saline back to 1830, when Jason Rogers and his three brothers relocated from Saline to New York.

The pedestal, plaque and installation of the foundation, was handled by Saline's DPW. The project's cost was less than $1,000 and paid for by the city's Arts & Culture Committee. The project was supported by the Saline Area Historical Society.

Orange Risdon was born in Rupert, Vermont. A surveyor, Risdon acquired 160 acres of land now known as Saline in 1824. He returned in 1829 and built his house overlooking the Saline River.

For more on Orange Risdon, see this article on the Saline District Library's website.

 

Tran Longmoore
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