Missionaries and Oregon Trail pioneers arrived on the fertile West Tualitin Plain in the 1840s. In 1849, Tualitin Academy, later to become Pacific University, was the beginning of the community that grew into Forest Grove. The arrival of the railroad in the 1870s established Forest Grove as a trade center for the surrounding agricultural community. Much of the late 19th and early 20th century architecture can still be seen at the downtown intersection of Pacific Avenue and Main Street.
We’ll start our tour on the west end of Pacific University in front of Marsh Hall (see photo above) and have a look at some of the most significant historic buildings on campus. We’ll then explore the downtown district and continue for a look at a few of the most interesting historic houses in the city.
This easy urban stroll covers less than one mile and will take about 2 hours.
We’ll meet in front of or just inside the cafe. Look for the red and white Meetup sign.
Fee for this narrated walking tour is $15 payable by cash, check or credit card at the beginning of the tour. 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.