Most Oregonians know that Oregon City was the first incorporated city and capital of our fair state. Since John McLoughlin and the Hudson Bay Company established the city in 1829, the land where the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers meet has had quite a history. For years lumber and paper mills were Oregon's bread and butter.
In recent years, Oregon City has been thought of by many as a quiet, historic city, but removed from the life and culture of near neighbor Portland. The reduction in lumbering and closing down of paper mills only solidified that perception. However, with the recent economic uptick, and home buyers and business looking for an affordable alternative, Oregon City has been going through a revitalization.
Now, a big project is underway with the blessing of Governor Kate Brown, the State of Oregon, and local govenrnments and organzations. The Willamette Falls River Walk shows promise to be new jewel to, not only for Oregon City, but for the greater Portland metro area.