Newberg is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Portland , Oregon on US Highway 99W on the northeast side of Yamhill County . Although it is close to the Portland metropolitan area, the community is really a separate area- not like the suburbs of Tigard, Tualatin and Beaverton. It is buffered by a greenbelt of rural forests and farmlands. The Chehalem Mountains surrounding the community and the Willamette River make a natural bowl, giving Newberg a feeling of being nestled among the hills around it.
Newberg has a population of over 20,000 people. Because of where it is located, it has alot of different types of recreation. It's just a short drive to Portland- so you can easily go into the city for plays, museums, restaurants etc. There are rivers, creeks, streams and forests all around- for boating, fishing, and hunting. Several golf courses are located in the county. World-class wine tasting is available throughout Yamhill County , which has the reputation of being the Napa Valley of Oregon. A one-hour drive east will take you to the Cascade Mountains for skiing, camping, fishing and hiking. A one-hour drive west will take one to the breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline, with its many beautiful beaches.
Newberg is a fast growing community - and will grow even quicker once the by-pass is done that will take people around the cities of Newberg and Dundee. Right now the traffic is really bad on 99W going to and from Newberg during the busy parts of the day. I think this has protected Newberg from some of the crazy growth that the rest of the Portland area has experienced in recent years. But the state has already bought the land for the bypass- and will begin building it in the near future. Once that happens-Newberg and all the towns to the west of it will see an explosion of growth and home values! So it's a good place for an investment now- before that happens!
There are 11 parks situated in and around Newberg and Dundee . They include playgrounds, tennis courts, softball fields, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, walking paths, nature trails, covered picnic areas, soccer fields, public restrooms, volleyball courts, meeting rooms, kitchens, pool tables, table tennis, video games and more. There are many activities offered year round.
Newberg has an interesting history. Like the rest of the Portland area, Indian tribes and bands lived throughout the Willamette Valley including Newberg- the Kalapuyas being the main tribe prevelant here. The Hudson Bay Company trappers settled in Champoeg- which is just 7 miles from Newberg. This was the first European settlement In fact, Champoeg was the site where Oregon 's provisional government was established in 1843. As more and more pioneers came, they moved into Newberg, and began clearing land for farming. In 1869, Newberg was given its name by its first postmaster, Sebastian Brutscher, who named the town after his Bavarian hometown of Newburgh .
The early years of Newberg were heavily influenced by the Friends Church . In the 1870's, William Hobson, a Quaker minister, settled in the Chehalem Valley and began preaching. Lots of Quakers moved into the valley, mainly from Indiana and Iowa . In 1885, the Quakers started the Pacific Academy -which is now the George Fox University. By 1887, the population of the Newberg area had grown to around 200. Newberg became incorporated as a town in 1889 and as a city in 1893. All this was written in the main newspaper- the Newberg Graphic- which began in 1888!
Fun things to do
Champoeg Park - Champoeg offers nature and recreation at its finest. The park provides camping with all amenities: picnic sites, an amphitheater, and bike and hiking trails along the Willamette River . Champoeg's past is preserved in buildings and historical sights. Click here to see more about it
Herbert Hoover House - This is the boyhood home of the 31st President of the United States , Herbert Hoover. He moved to Newberg when he was 9 years old. The house is open daily for tours.
Wineries - The Willamette Valley is home to some of the finest wineries in the northwest, many receiving worldwide recognition for the variety and quality of their wines. Yamhill County has over 25 wineries. Rex Hill Winery
The Newberg Public Library has been serving the citizens of Newberg for almost 100 years. It stands ready to continue that service for many years to come.