About West Linn
West Linn is located between the Willamette and Tualatin rivers with hills rising, sometimes rapidly, from the river banks- so there are a lot of breath-taking views! The area near the two rivers was settled first, with later development climbing the more inland hills. Barrington Heights is an inland area of expansive mansions whereas the Willamette District, near the spot where the Tualatin river flows into the Willamette river, features older homes and commercial buildings, some of which are historic. The 2 rivers provide 9 miles of river front in West Linn- and the hills rise to over 500 foot bluffs above the rivers.
The history of West Linn is interesting. In 1839, Robert Moore arrived in the Willamette Valley- he finally bought 1000 acres right across the river from Oregon City- which is now West Linn ! He actually bought it from a Native American Chief, called Wanax-ha. He platted a town in 1843 and named it Robbins Nest- which was later named Linn City in 1845. It rivaled Oregon City as the commercial capitol of the area until it was destroyed in the flood of 1861. The current West Linn was incorporated in 1913 and it merged with the adjacent town of Willamette in 1916, and took over the former townsites of Bolton, Multnomah City , Sunset City , and West Oregon City . So this area was one of the first areas to be settled when the pioneers came west! And it had the same problems as Oregon City- flooding of the Willamette River ! Learn more about the history of West Linn. Read more about the history by clicking here
It was done by the people who live in West Linn
West Linn Music in the Park at Tanner Park in the summers. It also has a Skate Park . There are play structures, a shelter, water feature play area, basketball court, tennis court, two restrooms, , picnic tables and a beautiful open grass area .
Mary S Young park is a huge park that goes from Willamette Dr all the way down to the Willamette River . Here is a map of the trails
Willamette Park and Bernert Landing Boat Ramp are a combined 22.5 acres located where the Tualatin River meets the Willamette River with 2 large picnic shelters and a smaller gazebo all with water and power, stage area with concrete pad in front, baseball field, 2 softball fields, 1 grass volleyball court and 1 sand volleyball court, 5 horseshoe pits, river access including boat ramp at Bernert Landing and dock system, playground, wading pool, and wildlife viewing.
Cedar Island Park is right in the middle of the Willamette River ! Cedar Island Park is a 14 acre island in the Willamette River . Boat access from the river and Cedar Oak Boat ramp. Pedestrian access from Mary S. Young Park , by floating bridge, during spring, summer, and fall.
Here is a map showing where West Linn is in relations to the freeways, Portland, the Willamette and parks. Click here to go to a bigger more interactive map
Here is a map showing all the neighborhoods of West Linn