32 Facts About Albany Oregon


Albany Oregon is located in the Willamette Valley at the confluence of the Calapooia River and the Willamette River in both Linn and Benton counties, just east of Corvallis and south of Salem.

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Albany Oregon has a home rule charter, a council–manager government, and a full-time unelected city manager.

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In 1846, a year after arriving in Albany Oregon, Hackleman died while returning to Iowa to fetch his family.

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Albany Oregon later built a house, which still stands at the corner of Fifth and Jackson.

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In 1851, Albany Oregon was designated as the county seat, replacing Calapooia, and all court meetings were held there.

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Albany Oregon businessmen raised $50, 000 to ensure that the rails would be built through the city, instead of bypassing it a few miles eastward.

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Albany Oregon developed it as an international tungsten ore and concentrate trading company, leading the company until his death in 1961.

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Albany Oregon served as president until 1960 and then board chairman.

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The city rests along the confluence of the Calapooia and Willamette rivers, and although most of Albany Oregon falls within Linn County, a smaller portion of the city rests to the north of its downtown on the west bank of the Willamette River in Benton County.

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The North Albany Oregon District has the most variable elevation, while the downtown and southern end of town have little elevation change throughout.

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Albany Oregon has generally warm and dry summers during which precipitation drops to 0.

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Albany Oregon has a home rule charter and a council–manager government.

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Albany Oregon is home to the county government and the Linn County Courthouse.

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Albany Oregon calls itself the "rare metals capital of the world", producing zirconium, hafnium and titanium.

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The losses in the timber industry in around Albany Oregon have led the city to a more diverse economic base for the city, led by retail trade, health care and social assistance, and manufacturing as the three leading aspects of the economy.

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Albany Oregon employs over 300 people and was incorporated in 1963.

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The Albany facility is the company's main research and development site in the industry, and has recently partnered with Seattle-based technology company EnerG2 to produce carbon electrode material, in a 74, 000-square-foot former distribution center of Oregon Freeze Dry by 2011 bringing a new green technology industry to Albany.

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Albany Oregon is home to the Albany Oregon Research Center, which is part of National Energy Technology Laboratory.

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Albany Oregon has a per capita income of $18, 570, putting it ranked at 81st in the state.

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Annual events in Albany Oregon include the Northwest Art and Air Festival, River Rhythms, Summer Sounds, Veteran's Day Parade, Albany Oregon Upstairs Downtown Wine Walk and the Craft Brew Smackdown.

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Downtown Albany is a National Historic District, and features antique stores, restaurants, the Albany Civic Theater, and one of the oldest Carnegie libraries still being used as a library.

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Albany Oregon has one bowling alley, Lake Shore Lanes, which has a miniature golf course outside the bowling alley.

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Albany Oregon is the home of a two-year junior college called Linn-Benton Community College, which was established in 1966.

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LBCC serves over 24, 000 full- and part-time students in and around Albany and is supported financially through tuition, property taxes and the State of Oregon.

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Albany Oregon is served by Albany Oregon Options School as an alternative to traditional school for grades 6 through 12.

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Albany Oregon has eight different radio stations that are either broadcast or have offices within Albany Oregon and many others that serve the area.

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Albany Municipal Airport is a general aviation airport on the eastern edge of Albany and has been open since 1920 and is believed to be the oldest operating airfield in Oregon.

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Albany Oregon has both the Ellsworth Street Bridge which was constructed in 1926 and the Lyon Street Bridge that was constructed in 1973.

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Albany Oregon has many paths and trails open to both pedestrian and bicyclists.

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Albany Oregon has made a growing effort to increase itself as a bicyclist friendly town through increasing the number of paths and trails that are open to them.

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Albany Oregon is served by Samaritan Albany Oregon General Hospital, a 76-bed medical facility that is the main hospital for the city and has been in operation since 1924.

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Albany Oregon is served by Samaritan North Albany Oregon Urgent Care and Geary Street Urgent Care, both of which are part of Samaritan Health Services.

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