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Gladstone | Oregon Homes

ALL ABOUT

Located at the scenic junction of the Clackamas River and the Willamette River, the historic city of Gladstone, Oregon is a cozy community just a stone’s throw away from Downtown Portland. The community of Gladstone is intimately linked to the rivers that surround it, as the town was layed out with access to the rivers in mind, and fishing and river recreation are still common activities. Gladstone is one of the oldest towns in the Willamette Valley, and neighbors feel a strong connection to their shared history, love of nature, and appreciation of the community around them. Featuring lush parks, historic homes, and cozy coffee shops, this small town features both rustic charm and easy access to the Portland metro area. Take a stroll along the river or through the beautiful Gladstone Gardens, and you’ll feel right at home.

HISTORY

The earliest homesteads in the Gladstone area were donation land claims granted by President Lincoln in 1841, and settlers in Gladstone were amongst the earliest white inhabitants of the Willamette Valley. The City of Gladstone was officially founded by Harvey Edward Cross, who named it after the British Statesman Sir William Ewert Gladstone. In 1893, Harvey Cross had part of his land platted for a town and prepared lots for sale east of what is now Portland Avenue. He accepted the suggestion by his surveyor to name the streets running north and south toward the Clackamas River after American colleges and those crossing them east and west for English universities. The city was formally incorporated on January 10, 1911.

The Pow-Wow Tree

The famous “Pow-Wow” bigleaf maple tree, an Oregon Heritage Tree, marks the location where the different Indian tribes, mainly Clackamas and Multnomahs, traditionally met to make trading agreements, settle community affairs, and conduct wedding ceremonies. The tree still stands on Clackamas Boulevard, a symbol of Gladstone’s rich historical heritage.

The Pow-Wow Tree has been the site of many notable events, including the first Clackamas County Fair in 1860, the first Oregon State Fair in 1861, and the Gladstone Pow-Wow Festival in 1937. The tree was dedicated as a Bicentennial Tree in 1979 and has become the symbol of the City of Gladstone, appearing on most City vehicles and documents.

 

LOCATION

Gladstone is a small suburban community twelve miles south of Portland at the intersection of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers. To the south, across the Clackamas River, is Oregon City, across the Willamette is West Linn, and to the north is Milwaukie. Interstate 205 runs north-south along the eastern edge of the city, and McLoughlin Boulevard (99E) runs north-south through the western side.

Gladstone is served by the Gladstone School District, which includes John Wetten Elementary School, Kraxberger Middle School, and Gladstone High School.

CAFES AND RESTAURANTS

Crossroads Coffee Café: This cozy spot features live music every weekend, great pastries, and satisfying drinks, all with extremely friendly service. Pull up a chair to play a board game or relax with your morning paper and a cup of coffee in one of the comfortable couches. The owners of this café really want you to feel like you’re in your own living room! 250 Princeton Ave

Tokyo Du’s Grill: Locals know this spot has the best Teriyaki around. If you’re hunting for that hidden gem, an unassuming restaurant that serves up top-notch food at a great price, check out this local favorite. They serve up several meat choices, all made with their fabulous spicy-sweet teriyaki sauce, and every order comes with rice and salad with their special recipe poppy-seed dressing. Service is fast and friendly! 20010 McLoughlin Blvd

Heavenly Donuts: One of the charms of Gladstone is the presence of locally-owned, non-chain shops and restaurants, and this donut spot is the perfect example. Why stop for a bland donut at a chain store if you can get a freshly made, one-of-a-kind donut from people who really love what they are doing? 19500 McLoughlin Blvd.

Arlington Market: This unassuming grocery store features a small café with some of the best Thai food around! The owner of Ko San Road Thai, the lovely Pam, will make authentic dishes for you, suited to fit your own tastes. Try the green curry! Pam is happy to accommodate special requests. You can smell the amazing food from down the street, so don’t be fooled by the location! 150 West Arlington Street

SHOPPING

Latus Motors Harley Davidson: Local Harley fans and visitors alike tout this dealer/store as the best location for Harley Davidson parts, accessories, clothing, and collectables, not to mention the bikes themselves. Pick up a t-shirt or a new helmet, or just fantasize about owning a Harley of your own as you browse the selection. 870 E Berkeley St

Red, White, and Blue Thrift Store: This is NOT your average thrift store! Antique, vintage, and thrift aficionados in the Portland area know that this is one of the best places to find hidden bargains. If you like your shopping to feel like an exciting treasure hunt, this place will keep you busy! 19239 McLoughlin Blvd

ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS

Every summer, the city celebrates the Gladstone Chautauqua Festival, a weekend of family-friendly activities including a parade, a 5K/10K Run & Walk, the annual Chili Cook-Off, a classic cruise-up car show, concerts, a street dance, a talent show, movies and games in the park, food and drink vendors, Gladstone Fire Engine Rides, and free tours of historic Gladstone, the Gladstone Garden, and the original Chautauqua grounds led by members of the Gladstone Historical Society.

The Gladstone Garden Association is a member-owned garden where locals gather to grow flowers, vegetables, and fruits. Whether its hummingbirds, gold finches, robins, red-tailed hawks, the ever majestic bald eagle, a fuzzy red squirrel, a hungry crow or a gaggle of geese, you can always count on a welcome greeting and playful company while enjoying the Gladstone Garden.

Meldrum Bar Park: This lovely park features a sand bar of the Willamette river, and is popular with picnickers, couples, and families. The park also features very popular sports fields for both soccer and baseball, a community garden, a radio controlled model car course, picnic facilities, a small section of wild forest, and a few paved trails, including one that runs along the Willamette River.