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A warm, inviting, and genuine friendly atmosphere is what you’ll find on your next getaway to McMinnville, Oregon. Whether it’s the nostalgic feeling of walking below the majestic maple trees lining the historic downtown’s shopping district, or the satisfying sensation of drinking some of the world’s best Pinot Noir grown and fermented at a vineyard just down the road, you’re sure to experience the warmth and friendliness in McMinnville. Dining at an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant, shopping, wine tasting, and McMinnville hotels and lodging experiences as uniquely welcoming as the town itself are just a few of the adventures you can tackle in a weekend or a week.

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Prior to Oregon' statehood, Indian tribes and bands lived throughout the Willamette Valley including within the Newberg area. The Kalapuyas were the main Indian in the Willamette Valley. Not much is known about the Kalapuyas because they rapidly declined in population after the settler arrived. They were hunters and gatherers, and were semi-nomadic, living on the prairies in the summers and on the forest edges in the winters.

Hudson Bay Company trappers populated the first European settlement in the area in a place called Champoeg, which is located approximately seven miles southeast of Newberg. In fact, Champoeg was the site where Oregon's provisional government was established in 1843. An increasing influx of pioneers subsequently found the Newberg area as an attractive place to settle and began clearing land for farming.

In 1869, Newberg was given its name by its first postmaster, Sebastian Brutscher, who named the town after his Bavarian hometown of Newburgh.

The early years of Newberg were heavily influenced by the Friends Church. In the 1870's, William Hobson, a zealous Quaker minister from Iowa, visited Oregon. After determining that the rainfall, temperature and agricultural productivity was suitable, he settled in Chehalem Valley and began preaching. He attracted a sizable number of Quakers to the valley, mainly from Indiana and Iowa. In 1885, the Quakers started the Pacific Academy (now George Fox University), with Dr. Henry Minthorn assuming the position of superintendent of the Academy.

In 1885, a young man at the age of 9 years old came to Newberg to live with his aunt and uncle, the Minthorns. The young man remained in Newberg and made it his boyhood home. That young man's name was Herbert Hoover, who later would become the 31st president of the United States.

Records show that by 1887, the population of the Newberg area had grown to around 200. Newberg became incorporated as a town in 1889 and as a city in 1893. All this activity was documented by a local newspaper that still exists today, the Newberg Graphic, which began in 1888.

The Oregon Historical Society is a valuable resource for information regarding Oregon history.

Source: Newberg Area Chamber of Commerce


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The town was established between 1848 and 1849 by Joseph and Ahio S. Watt, two brothers who had immigrated to Oregon over the Oregon Trail.[7] Part of Joseph’s land claim became the community’s townsite.[7] The name "Amity" came from the name of a school that was built by two rival communities after the amicable settlement of a dispute.[8] Ahio, the first teacher, named the school.[8] Amity post office was established in 1852.[8] Joseph established the first woolen mill in Oregon, and in 1868 shipped wheat to England in the first instance of Oregon wheat being sent around Cape Horn.[7] The community was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 19, 1880, originally as a town.[9]

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This name was the result of an amicable settlement of a local school dispute. Amity was the name of a school, first applied in 1849 by Ahio S. Watt, pioneer of 1848 who was the first teacher in a log building that was built by two rival communities that were seeking school advantages. The post office was established July 6, 1852, with Jerome B. Walling postmaster

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The City of Dayton is located in the heart of the beautiful Willamette Valley.  It is situated just off Hwy 18 between McMinnville and Newberg and is centrally located 55 miles from the Pacific Ocean, 24 miles from the State Capital and 60 miles from Mt Hood.

Rich in history, Dayton was founded in 1850 by General Joel Palmer and Andrew Smith. Incorporated in 1880, the history of Dayton dates back to Oregon's beginning.  The current population is 2635.

Dayton was the first city in the State of Oregon to be designated as a national historic resource.  The numerous homes and buildings on the National Historic Register are easily viewed on a walking tour within the city. For walking tour brochures contact the City of Dayton at (503) 864-2221 or stop by City Hall at 416 Ferry Street, Dayton Oregon, Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Sheridan:The City of Sheridan is conveniently located off of Highway 18 in the peaceful West Valley on the South Yamhill River.  Sheridan enjoys a rural setting yet is within an hour's drive to Portland, Salem, and the scenic Oregon Coast.  The beautiful Oregon wine country, casino gaming and entertainment are only minutes away.  

Incorporated on October 26, 1880, the City was named after Civil War General Phil Sheridan by the city's founder, Absolem B. Faulconer.  

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Willamina:The City of Willamina was incorporated in 1903. Local Historians write that in 1846, a pioneer settler women named Willamina Williams fell off a horse and into a creek; the creek was given her name. As pioneer families settled farms on Willamina Creek, near the rich timber lands and soils of the Willamette River Valley, the town that formed took the name of the Creek.

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Originally named North Yamhill, it was incorporated under the name Yamhill by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on February 20, 1891.

Yamhill, a small farming town located half way between Portland and the Coast,  is in the heart of Willamette Valley’s Wine Country.  Home of the Yamhill/Carlton High school and Intermediate School. Yamhill is a small community with 1020 citizens who are proud to call it home.

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Nestled between the rolling hills of Western Oregon, half way between Portland and the coast, you'll find Carlton; a small farming town which prides itself on a strong community and vibrant downtown. Carlton is located in the heart of Willamette Valley's Wine Country with over 40 wineries doing business within the city limits.

The Citizens of Carlton take pride in their "Great Little Town" which has lovely parks, an outdoor pool, a variety of downtown businesses and fine local schools.

This site is designed for city residents, visitors and anyone else wanting to know about Carlton. Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or through our online form with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have. Your feedback is very important to us.

The Mission of the City of Carlton is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and livability of the community by providing essential services with professionalism and integrity.

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The City of Dundee is located 30 minutes southwest of Portland, and is home to approximately 3,000 people. Blessed with beautiful vineyards, which draw visitors from around the world, and an abundance of highly rated restaurants, award winning wineries, unparalleled vistas, and an excellent quality of life, it is a much anticipated stop on every wine country tour.  

We encourage you to learn more about the City. For more information, go to Travel Dundee, Oregon.

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Welcome to the City of Lafayette!

Lafayette is located in beautiful Yamhill County, the heart of the Willamette Valley and wine country of Oregon, just 35 miles southwest of Portland and 25 miles north of Salem.

The city is very rich in history - Lafayette was founded in 1846 by Joel Perkins, an early pioneer to the Oregon Territory. Lafayette was situated on the main Indian trail that traversed the Willamette Valley at a point on the Yamhill River known for years as Yamhill Falls. The town grew slowly at first, but grew by leaps and bounds after gold was discovered in California. In the early 1850's, Lafayette was one of the most important and prosperous cities in Oregon. In 1995, because of the beautiful farm country around the city, the development of the Oregon wine industry and tourism in Yamhill County, and its proximity to the Portland metro area, Lafayette began to grow very rapidly, and it continues expansion today. The city can take pride in its rich history, but must work very hard to maintain its small town feel and charm in the midst of this rapid growth. It is a town with a bright past and a very bright future.

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