14 Facts About Oregon City


Oregon City is the county seat of Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, located on the Willamette River near the southern limits of the Portland metropolitan area.

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In 1846, the city's newspaper, the Oregon Spectator, was the first American newspaper to be published west of the Rocky Mountains.

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Oregon City College was established in 1849 as a Baptist school, but was defunct by the 1870s.

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Oregon City was the site of the Beaver Coins Mint, producing the short-lived independent Oregon Territory currency in 1849.

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Town became the see city of the first Roman Catholic archdiocese in the western United States, when the diocese of Oregon City, established in 1846, was raised to metropolitan rank, with Archbishop Francois Norbert Blanchet as its ordinary.

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Oregon City has several neighborhoods represented by official neighborhood associations:.

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The major waterways of Oregon City include the Willamette River, which flows along the northwest side of the city, and the Clackamas River, which merges with the larger Willamette to the north of the city.

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Much of its existence, Oregon City's economy has been dominated by the forestry industry, until the decline of the Pacific Northwest lumber industry started in the 1980s.

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Oregon City was the capital of the Oregon Territory until 1851; the following governors served during that time:.

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Oregon City High School is the third most populated high school in Oregon, and is a state and national power in girls' basketball, winning three consecutive USA Today girls' national championships in the 1990s.

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Oregon City is the home of Clackamas Community College, numerous private and parochial schools, and a public library that is part of the Library Information Network of Clackamas County.

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The Clackamas County Historical Society archives, housed in the Museum of the Oregon Territory, include the incorporation plat for the city of San Francisco.

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Oregon City is served by Portland International Airport, 15 miles to the north, and by Portland-Mulino Airport, a general-aviation facility in the town of Mulino, approximately 15 miles to the south.

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Willamette River in Oregon City is navigable to small craft, and Oregon City has a thriving fishing and recreational boating industry.

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