Oregon City Oregon | Clackamas County | Greater Portland Metro Area

Historic end of the Great Oregon TrailOregon City was the first capital of Oregon established in 1842, and located on the Willamette River about 13 miles southeast of the Portland metropolitan area. The city was incorporated in 1842 by the Hudson’s Bay Company right next to where the Willamette River flows into the Columbia River. It was the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains in 1844 and it is home to several businesses, shopping areas, recreational activities and a wide variety of historical as well as cultural attractions. There are three major zones in the city which are defined by steep hills. It was one a site with paper mills that used the Willamette River to power a lumber mill. This contributed significantly to the grow and development of the city. The city has an Amtrak depot with daily services and the Union Pacific Railroad runs straight through it. Visitors can enjoy several local attractions beginning with some historical landmarks such as the Museum of the Oregon territory, that contains the history of Clackamas County documented in photos and artifacts. Also noted is the The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, that brings visitors back to the old journey from Missouri to Oregon. Other activities include fishing, boating, pubic art, shopping and restaurants.

Climate and Economy

Oregon City and it’s sister city across the river, West Linn, has a temperate climate with an interesting variation, characterized by heavy precipitation allowing moderate temperatures, or at times with little precipitation causing extreme temperatures. The climate depends largely on elevation resembles the climate of the lands in the Mediterranean Basin, western North America, as well as central Chile. The city experiences a hot and dry summer with cool wet winters. The city had the first long distance transmission line of electricity in the nation, which was from Oregon City to Portland in 1889. The Oregon City economy has been mostly based in the forestry industry but in the 1980’s it declined and throughout the years gave way to several notable high technology and light manufacturing companies. Despite this decline, it still contributes to the leading lumber production of the State of Oregon.