National Register Listings in
Clackamas County, Oregon

Ainsworth, Capt. John C., House Albright, Daniel, Farm Anthony, Herman, Farm Babcock, Charles C., House Bagby Guard Station Bailey, Lawrence D., House Baker, Horace, Log Cabin Barclay, Dr. Forbes, House Barlow Road Barlow, William, House Bates, John M. and Elizabeth, House No. 2 Bates, John M. and Elizabeth, House No. 3 Bates, John M. and Elizabeth, House No. 4 Bell Station Store Black, Dr. Walter, House Boutwell, W. S. and Gladys, House Broetje, John F. and John H., House Buena Vista Social Clubhouse Canemah Historic District Clackamas Lake Ranger Station Historic District Clark, Elizabeth, House Cross, Harvey, House Damascus School Dana, Marshall, House Davis, John and Magdalena, Farm Dibble, Horace L., House Ermatinger, Francis, House First Congregational Church of Oregon City Foster, Philip, Farm Francis, Clarence E., House Hackett, Erwin Charles, House Hall-Chaney House Holmes, William L., House Howard's Gristmill Iron Workers' Cottage Jackson, C. S. "Sam", Log House Jantzen, Carl C., Estate Johnston, Andrew J. and Anna B., Farmstead Kinsman, John and Elizabeth, House Knight, William, House Kraft-Brandes-Culberston Farmstead Ladd Estate Company Model House Lake Oswego Hunt Club Ensemble Lake Oswego Odd Fellows Hall Latourette, Charles David, House Latourette, DeWitt Clinton, House Lewthwaite-Moffatt House Macksburg Lutheran Church Mathieson-Worthington House McCarver, Morton Matthew, House McLoughlin House National Historic Site McLoughlin Promenade Milne, James, House Oregon City Carnegie Library Oregon City Masonic Lodge Oregon City Municipal Elevator Oregon Iron Company Furnace Oregon Trail, Barlow Road Segment Petzold, Richard B., Building Petzold, Richard, House Reid's, Wilbur and Evelyn, Alderbrook Lodge River Mill Hydroelectric Project Robbins-Melcher-Schatz Farmstead Rock Corral on the Barlow Road Rock Creek Methodist Church Roehr, Osco C., House Rogers, George, House Rosenfeld, Walter, Estate Sherrard-Fenton House Shindler, William, House Shipley-Cook Farmstead Silcox Hut Smith, R. S., Motor Company Building St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church Storey, George Lincoln, House Straight, Hiram A., House Timberline Lodge Upper Sandy Guard Station Cabin Vaughan, William Hatchette, House Vonder Ahe, Fred, House and Summer Kitchen Walden, Nicholas O., House Waverley Country Club Clubhouse Weinstein, Clara and Samuel B., House White-Kellogg House Willamette Falls Locks Willamette Historic District Willamette National Cemetery Willamette River (Oregon City) Bridge (No. 357) Wilson, Andrew P., House Zigzag Ranger Station
The Columbia River Gorge, located on the border between Oregon and Washington, is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The gorge is over 80 miles long and is known for its scenic beauty and waterfalls.
Clackamas County, located in the state of Oregon, has a rich and diverse history that spans thousands of years. The earliest known inhabitants of the area were various Native American tribes, including the Clackamas and the Molalla tribes, who relied on the region's abundant natural resources for their livelihood.

In the early 19th century, European explorers and fur trappers arrived in the area, followed by the establishment of the Oregon Trail, a major route for settlers heading westward. Clackamas County was officially established on July 5, 1843, becoming one of the original four counties in the Oregon Territory. The county was named after the Clackamas tribe, who referred to themselves as the Clackamas Chinookan people.

During the mid-19th century, the county experienced rapid growth and development as settlers arrived in search of land and new opportunities. Agriculture played a crucial role in the region, with farms and orchards flourishing, and the Willamette River serving as a vital transportation route. The county also saw the establishment of several communities, including Oregon City, which became the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains.

In the 20th century, Clackamas County underwent significant changes with the growth of the timber industry, attracting many logging and lumber companies. The construction of hydroelectric dams, such as the Clackamas River Hydroelectric Project, brought further industrial development to the region. Today, the county is known for its diverse landscapes, including forests, rivers, and mountains, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. It continues to thrive as a vibrant and thriving community, with a strong emphasis on preserving its environmental and cultural heritage.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Clackamas County, Oregon.

  • 1843 - Clackamas County is created as one of the original four districts in the Oregon Territory.
  • 1844 - The first county seat, Oregon City, is established.
  • 1853 - The Oregon City Bridge, the first suspension bridge on the West Coast, is completed.
  • 1873 - Lake Oswego is incorporated as a town.
  • 1912 - The Pacific Highway, connecting Oregon City and Portland, is completed.
  • 1935 - Mount Hood National Forest is established, encompassing a large portion of Clackamas County.
  • 1974 - Clackamas Town Center, the county's largest shopping mall, opens in Happy Valley.
  • 1998 - The Clackamas County Event Center is constructed in Canby to host fairs, rodeos, and other events.
  • 2017 - The Willamette Falls Locks, a historic navigation system, closes for repairs and restoration.
  • 2020 - The Riverside Fire, one of Oregon's most destructive wildfires, burns through parts of Clackamas County.