McMinnville is a charming, turn of the century country town out in the country that is only 36 miles away from Portland . It was started by William T. Newby of McMinnville , Tennessee , who came to Oregon on the first wagon train. McMinnville was a thriving agricultural center in the early days. By 1866, it was described as the "most flourishing village in the county." It had 300 inhabitants and five stores, three blacksmith shops, two wagon shops, one photographic artist, one silversmith, one shoe shop, two doctors, two churches, one flour mill... and no licensed beer or grog saloons. In 1876, residents incorporated McMinnville as a town. Then in 1882, the citizens again incorporated McMinnville as a city.
McMinnville is often compared to the wine regions of France and Germany . McMinnville has a long, moderate growing season which has proved ideal for growing such grapes as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and White Riesling. In the summer, McMinnville's Linfield College hosts the International Pinot Noir Festival. This festival celebrates the grape and wines that helped make Oregon famous as a wine producing region. Festival participants bring pinots from many growing regions, including Oregon , California , and countries from around the world, for celebrants to sample. Culinary feasts and wine seminars are also enjoyed by participants.
The downtown area is really cute. It looks like an old fashioned town- alot bigger than your would think it could be- way out here in the country! My favorite place is the McMenamins in downtown McMinnville. It has a rooftop bar and restaurant where you can see all the beautiful countryside- you are at least 5 flights of stairs up!! The building is really cool too! Beautiful old woodwork.
Between the years 1885 and 1912, most of the historic Third Street business structures were built. Many of the buildings from that era are still intact.
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McMinnville has low-dropping mini valleys and patches of evergreens and other trees that surround the downtown park area and dot the landscape all around the inner-city. There are also several parks. The Wortman Park has a small zoo with bears, deer and other local animals. Near the site of Lower city park, along the Cozine Creek, there are tennis courts. Wortman Park is a really big park with a stream running through it and lots of trees.
McMinnville has a steady growing population and an expanding art and music scene. Much of the city's growth is people moving in from elsewhere and can be explained by its proximity to Portland and Salem , combined with its relatively rural setting and access to the coast.
The streets come alive with entertainers, musical performers, carriage rides and special sales each season during our downtown open house events. Historic tours held each march offer a chance to see wonderfully preserved buildings and residences.
McMinnville offers the amenities of bigger cities. with award -winning fine restaurants, the Spruce goose aviation museum, unique art galleries and lodging options to meet your distinctive taste. And, of course, you are just a sip away from some of Oregon 's finest wineries. As of January 2006, the city had a total population of 30,089.
The downtown area offers an almost park-like setting, with many restaurants and shops to visit.
McMinnville currently has 9 public schools, which often have students from neighboring cities of Lafayette and Amity.
Elementary Schools: Cook Elementary, Columbus Elementary, Grandhaven Elementary, Memorial Elementary, Newby Elementary and Wascher Elementary
Middle Schools: Duniway Middle School and Patton Middle School
High School: McMinnville High School
Community /Junior College: Chemeketa Community College
College: Linfield College - http://www.linfield.edu/
The McMinnville Aquatic Center has two indoor pools, a spa, a weight room, swimming and fitness classes- including water-aerobics, family swims, lap swims, water basketball etc.
McMinnville Public Library is huge and has over 1.6 million items plus free high speed internet access, the Teen Homework Help Center and weekly storytimes..
The Spruce Goose is the world's largest propeller-driven airplane, built by the famed aviator Howard Hughes. The museum, a large symmetrical building with a glass front, holds many airplanes used in America 's wars during the twentieth century.
Recreation Brochure shows all kinds of things to do in this area.
Here are some scenes from around McMinnville