The Tillamook Burn was a series of devastating wildfires that occurred in the Oregon Coast Range between 1933 and 1951. The fires burned over 355,000 acres of forest and led to the formation of the Tillamook State Forest.
Yamhill County, located in Oregon, has a rich and diverse history that dates back to thousands of years ago. Native American tribes such as the Kalapuya and Molalla were the first inhabitants of the region, relying on the bountiful natural resources for their livelihoods. The arrival of European explorers and settlers in the 19th century brought significant changes to the area.

In the early 1800s, fur trappers and traders from the Hudson's Bay Company ventured into what is now Yamhill County. The first European-American settlers arrived in the 1840s, establishing communities and farms. The region became known for its fertile soil and favorable climate, attracting more settlers and leading to the establishment of several towns, including McMinnville, the county seat.

As agriculture flourished, Yamhill County became one of Oregon's leading agricultural regions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The county's rich soils allowed for the successful cultivation of crops such as wheat, fruit orchards, and vineyards. The wine industry, in particular, gained popularity, and today, Yamhill County is renowned as a premier wine-producing region, home to numerous wineries and vineyards.

Yamhill County also played a role in the Oregon Trail migration. Historical sites such as the Champoeg State Heritage Area, located in the county, were important to the formation of Oregon's territorial government. The area witnessed the famous Champoeg Meetings in 1843, where pioneers gathered to vote on forming a provisional government, setting the stage for Oregon's eventual statehood.

Throughout its history, Yamhill County has evolved from its Native American roots to become an agricultural powerhouse and cultural hub. Today, it continues to preserve its rich history while embracing innovation and growth, making it a desirable destination for both residents and visitors alike.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Yamhill County, Oregon.

  • 1843 - The first white settlers arrive in the Yamhill Valley area.
  • 1847 - The region is officially recognized as Yamhill County by the Provisional Government of Oregon.
  • 1850 - The city of McMinnville is established and becomes the county seat.
  • 1851 - Yamhill County's first courthouse is built in Lafayette.
  • 1872 - The Oregon and California Railroad arrives in Yamhill County, boosting economic growth.
  • 1889 - The second courthouse is built in McMinnville.
  • 1910 - The first electric railway service is launched between McMinnville and Portland.
  • 1922 - The third and current courthouse is constructed in McMinnville.
  • 1968 - The Yamhill Valley Winegrowers Association is formed, marking the beginning of the county's thriving wine industry.
  • 1999 - Yamhill County's population reaches 84,992 according to the United States Census Bureau.