Troutdale Oregon | Multnomah County | Greater Portland Metro Area

Troutdale is the last town you hit before entering the famous Columbia River GorgeTroutdale is a community with rich history. It was discovered in 1792 when the crew of Lt. Broughton was traveling aboard a British vessel under command of Captain George Vancouver, ascending the Columbia River, until they reached a point just east of the mouth of the Sandy River. Records show David F. Buxton as Troutdale’s founder since he filed a donation land claim in 1853 in the center of the present city of Troutdale and developed the town’s first water system, which was active until the 1960’s. Captain John Harlow, was a sea captain from Maine and a businessman, who conceived a plan for the town and purchased part of Buxton’s land in 1872 to build his home. He had trout in ponds on his farm, calling it “Troutdale.” He convinced the railroad to build a depot at the site of his farm so he could ship his goods, and it was on November 20th in 1882 that Troutdale had a rail line, becoming a town.

Reynolds Aluminum was the area’s biggest employer helping with aluminum in the war effort but it was closed in 2000. Reynolds Aluminum Plant played a significant role to the economy of the city in the mid 1940’s, but eventually its emissions began damaging crops. The completion of Interstate 84 in the 1950’s pulled traffic off the Columbia River Highway and away from Troutdale and nearby Fairview. The city remained fairly quiet during the 1950’s, but in the 1960’s, Portland suburbanites discovered Troutdale and the city built its first subdivision and a new sewage system was planned out. Mayor Glenn Otto later became a state senator, expanded the city boundaries from 320 to more than 2000 acres. At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Troutdale was $21,778, compared with $21,587 nationally. 20% of Troutdale residents age 25 and older have a bachelor’s or advanced college degree.

City Information

Troutdale offers parks and facilities programs that invite both residents and tourists to enjoy. The Parks Division community and neighborhood offer diverse opportunities for outdoor activities and recreation. The services provided by the Parks and Facilities Division include park maintenance, New street tree planting, street tree permits, and parks permits. The city is a “doorway” for travelers heading to the Columbia River Highway, Columbia River Gorge, and Mt. Hood.

Climate and Demographics

This Portland region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. As of the census of 2010, there were around 15,962 people, 5,671 households, and 4,208 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was made up of 83.6% White, 2.1% African American, 1.0% Native American, 4.6% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 4.2% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.6% of the population.