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Oregon City | The End of the Oregon Trail

ALL ABOUT

Oregon City is steeped in colorful history and beautiful scenery. Oregon City is the first incorporated city west of the Mississippi and was established in 1829 by Dr. John McLoughlin as a lumber mill.  The most notable feature of Oregon City is Willamette Falls, the largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest and the eighteenth largest in the world by water volume.

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The falls are unique in three-terraced formation, which range from about 250 feet above sea level to 50 feet above sea level.  Many of Oregon City's historical industries, namely fishing, lumber and paper are closely tied to the Willamette River and the falls.  Today, those industries have declined considerably but the city is still home to smaller industrial and commercial operations.

Oregon City offers a wealth of parks, a farmer's market and a variety of community activities  - the rich history, beautiful scenery and close proximity to Portland make Oregon City a unique area with much to offer.

HISTORY

Initially home to a large number of Native Americans, the area became an industrial boom town, which led to an influx of settlers.  The new surge of wealth led to many luxury homes being built, and Oregon City being established as Oregon's first capital, until that title was transferred to Salem in 1864.

A number of museums including the Clackamas County Historical Society Museum, The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and The Stevens Crawford Museum celebrate both indigenous cultures and the experiences of settlers in the area and are popular attractions.  Due to the historical nature of Oregon City, there is a large number of beautiful old homes, some of which, like John McLoughlin's Georgian home and the Ermatinger House, are also tourist attractions.

Oregon City also offers a wealth of parks, a farmer's market and a variety of community activities  - the rich history, beautiful scenery and close proximity to Portland make it Oregon City a unique area with much to offer.

LOCATION

Oregon City is located 20 minutes south of Portland off the I-205 just south of the Clackamas River, and immediately south-east of the Willamette River.

OREGON CITY REAL ESTATE & HOME STYLES

There are a variety of home styles in Oregon City Real Estate, downtown Oregon City has that small town main street feel. Homes there range from old style PDX, four squares, shotgun homes, Victorians & bungalows. Moving away from downtown into the suburban areas you will find more homes of the downtown style as well as ranch style homes in the older neighborhoods, and newer construction contemporaries in manicured residential areas. Moving further out into the rural areas in amongst the farms and ranches you will also find homes in every style imaginable on lots of just a few acres up to 10's and even 100's of acres. In the rural area you will also find the affluent Beaver Lake Estates, a private gated community consisting of dozens and dozens of homes all situated on acreage surrounding Beaver Lake. These homes range in price from just under a million all the way up to multi-million dollar luxury homes. The rural area of Oregon City hosted the 2008 "Street of Dreams", a huge annual event where builders & architects show off their talent and newest home trends.  Rural Oregon City is just one of the many luxury home communities in the greater Portland Metro area.

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FAVORITE PLACES

Modele Hair Salon
I love my hairdresser and her salon! Oregon City may have a bit of a vintage feel to it but Modele Salon is well ahead of the trends and does it with style!
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The Highland Still House
A great little Scottish Pub...  you'll forget you're in Oregon City!
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