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"Burlington, Oregon"
Includes ... Burlington ... Tualatin Mountains ... Highway 30 ...
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Burlington, Oregon, along Oregon Highway 30. View heading west. View from moving car. Image taken April 20, 2015.


Burlington ...
The Oregon community of Burlington is located on Oregon's Highway 30 along the Willamette River at River Mile (RM) 18.5 (approximately Columbia River Mile 101). The Tualatin Mountains rise above the community. North of Burlington along Highway 30 is the community of Scappoose. South along Highway 30 is the small community of Linnton and the outskirts of Portland.

Lewis and Clark and Burlington ...
Captain Clark and seven of his men journeyed through the Burlington area on April 2, 1806, as they explored the Willamette River, traveling as far as the St. Johns area. They again passed through the area on April 3, 1806 as they returned back to the Columbia River.

"... high bold Shore on the Starboard Side ..." [Clark, April 2, 1806]

Early Burlington ...
According to Oregon Geographic Names (McArthur and McArthur, 2003, Oregon Historical Society Press):

"Burlington, MULTNOMAH. Burlington is the name of a community north of Portland. The plat was filed for record on March 24, 1909, by Ruth Trust Company. Herman Wittenberg was president of the company and named the place Burlington, but it is not known why he selected that name."

Burlington in 1911 ...
PORTLAND'S NEW INDUSTRIAL SUBURB:

"Burlington, on the Spokane, Portland and Seattle, Northern Pacific and United Railways, is Portland's newest industrial suburb. To give a depth of water sufficient to float vessels of large tonnage, the dredge North Bank, owned by the North Bank Railroad, is now dredging the Willamette in front of Burlington. When the work is finished there will be approximately 25 feet of water at Burlington. Burlington has three miles of waterfront and rail facilities. The property is owned by the Ruth Trust Co., of Portland, one of the Hill companies and Burlington was the terminus of the United Railways until the electric line was recently extended to North Plains, in the North Tualatin Valley. To tap this rich valley by the shortest and most direct route it was necessary to tunnel the Cornelius Gap, in the hills west of Portland. This tunnel was bored through solid rock for a distance of 4,100 feet, the longest tunnel ever built for use of an electric line. Tributary to North Plains are more than 100,000 acres of fertile soil and between 3,000,000,000 and 4,000,000,000 feet of timber.

The United Railways will be extended from Banks, the present terminus, to the timber belt. When the time is ripe for the cutting of this timber, Burlington, the terminus of the United Railways, will offer water transportation for the products. Rail facilities will be equally as convenient. Burlington will be a modern suburb in every respect. Streets are now being graded, sidewalks laid, electric lights installed and a water system made ready for use."

Source:   The Timberman, vol.XII, no.10, August 1911, Portland, Oregon


Burlington in 1912 ...
(Classified Advertisement)

"FACTORY AND INDUSTRIAL LOCATIONS OF ALL kinds at Burlington, Portland's new industrail suburb. On Spokane, Portland and Seattle, Northern Pacific and United Railways. Splendid deep-sea and rail shipping facilities. Ideal surroundings for workingmen. Also suburban acreage suitable for small berry, fruit, poultry and dairy farms. Choice buildig lots in new and thriving towns on electric line near Portland. Excellent opportunities for home-seekers, investors and those seeking industrial locations. Write Ruth Trust Co., 235 Stark street, Portland, Oregon."

Source:   Sunset, The Pacific Monthly, vol.28, no.4, April 1912.


Burlington in 1940 ...
From the Oregon State Archives "A 1940 Journey Across Oregon":

"... LINNTON, 7.9 m., a part of Portland since 1915, was founded in the 1840s by Peter H. Burnett, later, first governor of California. He visioned the tiny town as the future metropolis of the Columbia Valley but Portland drew most of the shipping trade and Linnton languished. At present it is an important industrial district of the city; large lumber shipments leave from its wharves.

At 12.7 m., is a junction with the Burlington Ferry approach, a plan viaduct leading to a ferry (free) crossing Willamette Slough.

Right on this viaduct to the ferry landing, 0.5 m., off which is SAUVIE ISLAND (850 pop.), which retains jmuch of its pastoral charm. ...

The hills (L) recede and the highway enters the Scappoose Plains, a fertile district devolted to potato culture, truck gardening, and dairying. ..."


Street Scenes ...

Image, 2015, Burlington, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Old house, Burlington, Oregon, along Oregon Highway 30. View heading west. View from moving car. Image taken April 20, 2015.
Image, 2012, Burlington, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Old house, Burlington, Oregon, along Oregon Highway 30. View though car window. Image taken January 13, 2012.
Image, 2012, Burlington, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Burlington, Oregon, along Oregon Highway 30. View heading west. View from moving car. Image taken January 13, 2012.
Image, 2012, Burlington, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Burlington, Oregon, along Oregon Highway 30. View heading west. View from moving car. Image taken January 13, 2012.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, ...
 




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, Oregon Geographic Names, Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland; Oregon State Archives website, 2006;    Sunset, The Pacific Monthly, vol.28, no.4, April 1912;    The Timberman, vol.XII, no.10, August 1911, Portland, Oregon;    U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) website, 2006;   

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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