The genesis of this place, which had in its early years been branded “the clearing” and later “Stumptown” was sprung from chaos by some sort of undocumented design. As in much of the West, settlers migrated from the East with ideas of their own, or, at the very least, came packed with thoughts and plans for what they envisioned their homes and their families to be. It was the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers that first provided the arrow pointing to here as the place for those early settlers to stop and drop…