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History of Troutdale Oregon

Troutdale Oregon is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, United States, located about 25 miles east of Portland. The population was 14,078 at the 2010 census.

The first people to settle in the area were Native Americans belonging to the Kalapuya tribe who lived along the Columbia River. Their main settlement was at Milwaukie. After they were displaced by white settlers, they moved upriver and settled on Sauvie's Island, now part of Portland.

In 1845, John McLoughlin moved to Oregon City from Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River and established a farm about 1 mile south of present-day Troutdale. He built a grist mill along Clear Creek and later established other businesses in Portland as well as acquiring large tracts of land in eastern Multnomah County that would become part of Troutdale after his death in 1857.

Troutdale Oregon is a small rural city that lies just south of Portland in the Columbia River Gorge. The town was originally named "Troutdale" by its founder, William H. Trout, who had a fascination with trout fishing. Troutdale was incorporated in 1905 and has been growing ever since.

The first settlers arrived in the area in 1856 and started farming the fertile land along the Columbia River. In 1866, William H. Trout leased land from local Native Americans and built a sawmill along the Sandy River. He also began planting apple orchards and selling fruit to other local farmers.

In 1882, Trout purchased 160 acres of land near the Sandy River where he built his home and planted more apple trees on his property. This area became known as "Trout's Mill," which later became known as "Troutdale."

Over time, Trout's Mill grew into an agricultural community with many families living there. However, when Interstate 84 was constructed through Troutdale in 1955-1956 (which caused massive landslides), many people moved away from this area due to safety concerns about their homes being destroyed by falling rocks during landslides or earthquakes (the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault line runs through this region).

Landmarks in Troutdale Oregon

The city of Troutdale, Oregon, along the Sandy River, is a perfect location for those who love the outdoors. It’s home to the Sandy River Delta, a nature preserve that provides a habitat for many species of wildlife.

The city also has several historic landmarks that are worth exploring. Here are some of them:

Troutdale Presbyterian Church: This church was built in 1883 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church features intricate wood carving, stained glass windows and an organ from 1895. The church also houses numerous pieces of art from around the world including works by American artist George Bellows and paintings by Picasso and Monet.

The Historic Troutdale Cemetery: This cemetery dates back to 1891 when it was established by two families who owned farms near each other. Once they died, their families buried them in this cemetery and named it after one of their farms — “Troutdale Farm Cemetery.” The cemetery contains many notable people like former Governor of Oregon Ben W. Olcott (1848-1931) as well as many veterans who served our country during World War II and Vietnam War (1961-1975).

How to get to Troutdale Oregon

The easiest way to get to Troutdale Oregon is by plane. If you are coming from out of town, you may be able to find a flight that arrives in Portland and then take the train or bus up to Troutdale.

If you live in the Portland area, or if you are visiting the city and want to see a little bit of Oregon, then driving is the best option. The drive from Portland takes only about an hour and a half, but it is definitely worth it!

If you are not traveling alone then flying or taking a train or bus may be your best bet. There are several airports located near Troutdale Oregon including:

Portland International Airport (PDX) - Located just 10 miles north of downtown Portland, this airport offers service from major airlines including Delta, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and more.

Salem Municipal Airport (SLE) - Located just 15 miles northeast of Salem, this airport offers service from Allegiant Air and Horizon Air. It also serves as a hub for local airline SeaPort Airlines with connections available throughout Washington state and Northern California.