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Wilsonville City

Wilsonville City Hall is located at 29799 SW Town Center Loop, Wilsonville, OR 97070; phone: 503-682-1011.

Wilsonville [1] is located within the traditional territory of the Kalapuyan people who occupied nearly all of the Willamette River watershed above the Falls (at Oregon City). The Tualatin Kalapuyans occupied the north bank of the Willamette and all of the Tualatin River watershed. The Santiam Kalapuyans occupied the south bank of the Willamette (including what is now the Charbonneau District of Wilsonville).

The opening of overland and sea routes to Oregon brought Old World diseases which repeatedly devastated Kalapuyan populations in a series of epidemics that ranged from smallpox to malaria in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. After that, the expansion of white and multi-racial immigration restricted Kalapuyan land management and undermined the native economy. Following treaties in the 1850s, the remnants of both the Santiam and Tualatin Kalapuyans were moved to the Grand Ronde Reservation. Early settlement of the Wilsonville area by people other than the indigenous Native Americans dates back to the early 1800s. In addition to scattered farms, the early settlement began providing needed support services for travelers using a ferry crossing the Willamette River. The ferry was operated by Alphonse Boone, a relative of Daniel Boone, and provided access to the southern Willamette Valley from the Portland area. The town was named after early postmaster Charles Wilson. In 1908 the railroad came to the area, creating a transportation link that still continues today. Electricity, natural gas lines, telephone service, automobiles, paved roads and eventually the I-5 Interstate freeway came to Wilsonville, inducing more growth. The freeway brought Wilsonville to within a 20-minute drive to Portland, and a 30-minute drive to Salem. With the completion of I-205, connecting with I-5 just north of Wilsonville, the area’s advantageous position for interstate trucking and commerce was substantially enhanced. Freeway and rail access and an abundance of open land have made Wilsonville a desirable place for commercial and industrial development. The peaceful, rural setting also provided a pleasant atmosphere for residential development. As a result, Wilsonville has been one of the fastest growing cities in the state and has one of the highest ratios of jobs to housing.

  1. City of Wilsonville, OR, Comprehensive Plan, 2013,, accessed May, 2016.
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