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
About Positively Portland Walking Tours
Explore the architecture, history and culture of Portland and environs with architectural historian Eric Wheeler. These walking tours feature downtown Portland and the surrounding historic neighborhoods as well as other communities in the greater Portland area.
Eric’s tours are designed for new arrivals, visitors and long-time Portland residents. The easy walking pace is designed to allow plenty of opportunity to see the sites, hear the guide and engage socially with other participants. This is a Meetup after all!
The tours typically meet and end at a restaurant, pub or coffee shop, to allow for optional social time with the group before or after the tour. There is a fee for these researched and guided walking tours. Typically $15 per tour.
Cover image courtesy Positively Portland Walking Tours.