FACTS You Should Know About Oregon City

(Pacific Directory, 1947-48)

From the Chamber of Commerce

It is the metropolis of Clackamas County’s 1,890 square miles of rich farm and timber land – an area approximately the size of Delaware.

It is located the heart of a 30-mile radius market area of 700,000 people

Its mills and factories employ upwards of 3,000.

More than 60 different items are grown for market on neighboring farm lands.

Payrolls bring Clackamas County approximately $12,000,000, making it an ideally balanced economic zone.

Major farm income items include turkeys; seed of fine forage grass, clover and vetch; hops; filberts; poultry products; berries; holly; fiber flax; fruit; vegetables; flower bulbs, seed and plants; farm-forest products; horticultural specialties; dairy products; hay and grain.

Unknown Subject. From glass negative in the Gardner Collection. Clackamas County HIstorical Society. All Rights Reserved.

Its airport, SkyPark, is only three miles from the city limits.

Population: City, 9,200; five mile radius, 18,000; county, 76,592.

It is a “cleaner, greener land” of elbow-room and opportunity for people of intelligence, vision and determination.

Oregon City is located at the falls of the Willamette River some 20 miles above its confluence with the Columbia.

It is the center of a rich and widely-diversified farming area, and of logging and lumbering operations on a large scale.

It is the site of two paper mills producing more than 500 tons of paper daily; of a clothing factory making a nationally-distributed line of woolen garments; of a battery factory geared to produce 1,000 automobile batteries a day; of a trailer factory; and iron foundry, and numerous smaller industries.

Its two banks have combined assets of almost $20,000,000.

The falls of the Willamette furnished the first major hydroelectric power in the West, and the first successful “long distance” transmission of power in the United States was from this plant to Portland, 13 miles down the river.

Excellent transportation is furnished by main line Southern Pacific Railroad, Portland Traction Co. rail lines, trucking services over broad highways, river transportation.

More than 2,000 miles of county and state roads link the farm and forest areas with the county seat.


5th & Main, 1960


The climate is equable, with a mean annual temperature of 53.1 degrees, average summer temperature 65.3 degrees, and winter 40.9. Average annual rainfall is 42.25 inches in the valley, somewhat greater in mountainous sections to the east.

Oregon City has 17 churches.

The school system consists of four grade schools, a Junior high school, Senior high school, a vocational school for veterans, and two parochial schools. Public school enrollment is 2,000.

The Municipality of Oregon City is debt-free under city manager form of government since 1925, well-manned and equipped for fire and police protection, and maintains a well-equipped recreation department.

The city-owned water system originates in the mountain-fed South Fork of the Clackamas river, 20 miles eastward, within the Mt. Hood Forest Reserves. Water is piped by gravity to two city reservoirs with combined capacities of more than 6,000,000 gallons.

Two newspaper are published at Oregon City, and a radio station devoted to Clackamas County interests, operates 17 hours daily from nearby Gladstone.

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