Lake Oswego Oregon | Clackamas County | Greater Portland Metro Area
Lake Oswego was a calm city until the mid-1800s between the Willamette and Tualatin Rivers, 10 minutes south of Portland, Oregon. A small population of Native Americans, which were the the Clackamas Indians, occupied the land, but the diseases brought by European explorers killed almost all which led them to be moved by the Federal Government in 1855 to the Grand Ronde Reservation. The town of “Oswego” was founded in 1847 by Albert Alonzo Durham, who received the first Donation Land Claim and named the town after his birthplace in New York. He built the town’s first industry, a sawmill on Sucker Creek, which is now called Oswego Creek. In 1841, iron ore was discovered in the Tualatin Valley, but it was not until 1861 that its existence was confirmed. So in 1865, the Oregon Iron Company was incorporated and was the first of three companies that would make Lake Oswego an industrial center, or the so called “Pittsburg of the West.” By 1890 iron industry provided employment to about 300 men. Under the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company the city played a key role in the economic history and development of the area.
Lake Oswego, Oregon is situated in the northwestern corner of Clackamas County on the banks of the Willamette River with one of Oregon’s greatest attractions: Mount Hood, the Oregon Coast, the Columbia Gorge and nearby vineyards, farmlands, and forests. The city is also close to Oregon’s major metropolitan areas and considered one of the finest residential areas in the Portland Metro Area. Land developers developed the Oswego Lake Country Club to promote it as the place to “live where you play.” Architects during the time were encouraged to design fine homes, giving rise to Lake Oswego’s reputation as a community of fine homes.
Today, Lake Oswego boasts to be one of the finest residential communities in the state. The community has a full-service police and fire protection, a library, including a parks system, that also provides planning, inspection, street maintenance, water improvement and and waste water services. The schools are considered among the best in the state and several colleges exist in or near the city limits including, the Lewis & Clark College and the Northwestern School of Law.
Geography and Demographics
The city climate is warm and temperate. Winters are rainier than summers with an average annual temperature of 11.7 °C. There is an expansion of an ancient natural lake called Waluga, which translates to “wild swan”, named by the Clackamas Indians. The city boasts a median household income of $71,597, and a median age of 45.8 years with 47.3% males and 52.7% females. The racial makeup of the city consists of about 89.3% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 5.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race make around 3.7% of the population.