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State of Oregon - Washington County

Washington County, bounded north by Columbia and Multnomah, east by Multnomah and Clackamas, south by Yamhill, and west by the Coast Range, separating it from Tillamook and Columbia. Area, 2,314 square miles. Assessed valuation of property for 1874, $l,500,000.

County seat, Hillsboro. Principal towns, Cornelius, Centerville, Forest Grove, Gaston and Tualatin. The Willamette runs with many curves along the eastern boundary, and the Tualatin, a navigable stream formed by numerous branches rising in the Coast Range, flows through the center of the county.

Washington is distinguished for the beauty of its scenery, the fertility of soil, its inexhaustible beds of iron ore, the pleasant alternation of prairie and park-like groves of timber, its convenient access by land and water, and the general advancement of society. The Tualatin Plains are in this County, exceedingly fertile, and well adapted to the production of grain, fruit, and vegetables. These plains are from a few acres to several hundred in extent, sometimes two or three thousand, the open field and woodland alternating frequently. The groves are usually of tall evergreens, so beautifully arrayed, and the ground so open and neat, that they seem as if planted and arranged for the ornamentation of age and series of pleasure grounds.

The Tualatin River is navigable for some distance, thus giving cheap transportation to the farmer's produce. Two important scholastic institutions are established in the County, the Pacific University at Forest Grove, and the Tualatin Academy.

The county is now crossed by the Oregon Central Railroad passing through its center, giving rapid and easy communication, and another from Salem, or Portland, is projected to Astoria, which will also pass through Washington.

Officers; A. C. Archbold, County Judge; A. Snelling, Clerk, Recorder, and Auditor; H. Y. Thompson, District Attorney; C. T. Tozier, Sheriff and Tax Collector; W. Simmons, Treasurer; J. A. Flippin, Assessor; J. Withycomb, Surveyor; G. T. Ledford, Coroner; D. M. C. Gault, Superintendent Public Schools.

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Source: Pacific Coast Business Directory for 1876-78, Compiled by Henry G. Langley, San Francisco, 1875.


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