Capitol Tour Web Exhibit
To the east, Capitol Park is also the setting of three statues representing major forces in Oregon history: The Circuit Rider by A. Phimister Proctor is symbolic of the many missionaries who came to Oregon; Gifford Proctor sculpted both Reverend Jason Lee and Dr. John McLoughlin (not shown). Lee, a minister, played a major role in the American colonization of Oregon. He was also the founder of Oregon's oldest university, Willamette University located south of the Capitol. McLoughlin was the chief factor of the Hudson's Bay Company and was the first man to govern the Oregon territory, although he held no official title.