National Register Listings in
Yamhill County, Oregon

99W Drive-in Theatre Avery House Baxter House Berry-Sigler Investment Property Bertram, Henry, Sr., House Briedwell School Brookside Cemetery Buchanan Cellers Mill Bunn, John Marion, House Cain House Cameo Theatre Carlton State and Savings Bank Carter-Goodrich House Cate, Asa F., Farm Ensemble Chambers, Joseph and Virginia, Farmstead Commercial Club-Stuckey, S. C., Building Cook, Amos, House Courthouse Square Dayton Common School Dayton High School Dayton Methodist Episcopal Church Diehl-Seitters House Dundee Woman's Club Hall Edwards, Jesse, House Evangelical Church of Lafayette Evangelical United Brethren Church Fenton, Frank W., House Fernwood Pioneer Cemetery First Baptist Church Fischer, Carl, Meats Fletcher, Alfred P., Farmhouse Fletcher, Francis, House Fletcher-Stretch House Foster Oil Company Free Methodist Church Gabriel-Filer House Gabriel-Will House Hagey, Levi, House Harrington House Harris Building Hibbert, William, House Hole House J.C. Penney Building Jessen-Goodrich House Kelty, James M. and Paul R., House Kershaw, Dr. Andrew, House Krietz House Lamson Ranch Laughlin, Lee, House Lewis-Shippy House Londershausen House Londershausen House Mabee-Mayberry House Mattey, Joseph, House McMinnville Downtown Historic District McNamar Building McNish House Mellinger House Mellinger-Ponnay House Methodist Episcopal Parsonage Minthorn Hall Minthorn, Dr. Henry J., House (Herbert Hoover House) Monahan House Morse House Morse House Nichols House Oregon Mutual Merchant Fire Insurance Association Office Palmer House Parrish, William Albert and Anna May Bristow, Farmstead Paulson-Gregory House Pioneer Hall, Linfield College Powell, Curtis W., House Rippey House Sigler House Smith, Andrew, House Smith, John T., House Spaulding, Charles K., House Spence, Jack, House Stuart, Dr., House Travelers Home Union Block Wennerberg, John B., Barn Yamhill River Lock and Dam
Oregon is home to the largest living organism in the world, the Armillaria ostoyae fungus. The fungus covers over 2,200 acres of forest and is estimated to be over 2,400 years old.
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 concise overview of the key events in 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.