Milwaukie was settled by pioneers coming West on the Oregon Trail in the late 1840s and early 1850s. The first settlers established lumber and grist mills and later several families established prosperous fruit orchards. Milwaukie and other Willamette River settlements lost out to Portland in the competition to become the major city on the Willamettte by the early 1860s.
Through most of the 19th century, Milwaukie was a semi-isolated rural enclave that depended on the ferry or rough wagon trails for connection to Portland and other communities. Milwaukie as a community did not grow until the coming of the electrified interurban in the 1890s. The early 21st century has brought more residential growth and the beginnings of downtown re-development with the arrival of Orange Max light rail.
This walk covers about one mile on mostly level urban terrain and lasts about 2 hours. Optional conversation, beverage and dining at a local eatery after the tour.
Take the Orange Max to Milwaukie! It is a short walk from the Max stop to the starting place downtown.
The fee for this narrated walking tour fee is $15. You may pay by check, cash or credit card at the start of the walk. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD