Oregon City Real Estate Information

Founded in 1829 and later incorporated in 1844, Oregon City was the first city in the United States west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated. The city currently has a population of about 30,000 residents and is the county seat of Clackamas County, Oregon. Nicknamed “End of the Oregon Trail,” the city lives by its motto Urbs civitatis nostrae prima et mater, meaning “First and mothertown of our state,” setting an example as the perfect place to live in Oregon.

In its early years, Oregon City was the site of several large paper mills, all located on the Willamette River. The city actually played a very significant role in the early history of the Oregon Country. Oregon City was established by Dr. John McLoughlin, who was a member of Hudson’s Bay Company, in 1829 near the confluence of the Clackamas River in order to take advantage of the power of Willamette Falls that could be used to run a large lumber mill. During the 1840’s and 1850’s Oregon City became a destination for those wanting to file land claims after traveling along the Oregon Trail. Oregon City then became the capital of the Oregon Territory from its establishment in 1848 until 1851. During this time, Oregon City rivaled Portland for early supremacy, until Portland was able to outgrow Oregon City due primarily to its larger port.

Oregon City’s economy has been dominated by the forestry industry for much of its history up to the 1980’s when the lumber industry in the Pacific Northwest began to decline. During its height, the city was home to several large mills, but today, all but one have been forced to close. Currently, Oregon City’s economy depends heavily on high technology and light manufacturing industries. Some major corporations that have been established in the city include Benchmade, Chrome Systems Corporations, although the company has recently relocated to nearby Portland, and Medrisk and Anderson Vending Inc., both of which have their headquarters situated in Oregon City.

Many of the points of interest in the city are its numerous parks and museums. Some of the most popular museums in Oregon City include the Stevens Crawford Museum, Museum of the Oregon Territory, and the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Clackamette Park is one of the city’s largest parks, located at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers. The park offers RV camping, boating, skateboarding, and many other recreational activities. Several community festivals also take place in the park.