For the thousands of pioneers who came across the
Oregon Trail, this rich
and verdant valley truly was the promised land. Flanked by
the Coast Range and the Cascades, the valley takes its name from
the river that flows through it. Historic cities and towns, settled
more than a hundred years ago by emigrants from all over the world,
are found throughout the region, but the area is perhaps best known
for its diverse agriculture, which includes all kinds of vegetables,
fruits, flowers, herbs, nuts, hops, and Christmas trees.
Modern day pioneers may come to experience the abundance of recreational
opportunities, to explore the area's progressive cities, or to
tour the valley's wine country, which is gaining worldwide attention
as one of the Pacific Northwest's finest wine appelations - consistently turning
out internationally acclaimed Pinot noir, Pinot gris and riesling.
opportunities are extensive, and include golfing, hiking,
climbing and skiing, picnicking and camping in state and county
parks, boating, water skiing and fishing on lakes and rivers,
petrified wood and agate beds, covered bridges and historic districts
and events. For listings of local area golf courses, click here and here.
For more information about Willamette Valley parks, click here andhere.
Linn County was created in 1847 and named for U.S. Senator Lewis
F. Linn of Missouri, who was the author of the Donation Land Act,
which provided free land to settlers in the West. Linn County is home to major producers of grass seed, rare and primary metals,
processed food, manufactured homes and motor homes as well as the
traditional logging and wood products industries.
Cities and towns of Linn County are:
Click on the link to find books about the history
of Linn County or visit the Linn
County Historical Society.
Benton County is the gateway to the Oregon Coast and has over
45 parks and recreational areas. The amenities of these areas range
from hiking trails to fully developed areas that have camping,
picnicking, gas grills, electricty, ballfields, boat ramps, and
more. There are four
golf courses located in Corvallis, and miles of biking trails
throughout the county. Corvallis was listed by Bike USA as 9th
in the nation as a Bicycle Friendly City and 9th in the nation
as a car-free community by Bike at Work.
Cities and towns of Benton County are:
Click the links for more information on biking
trails and hiking
trails in Benton County and a list of parks for both counties
You can learn about the local schools from the Great
site. Just enter the city you are interested in and they
will show you the test scores, student stats, and parent reviews.
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