Robert Moore established a settlement here in the 1840s and called it Robin's Nest. By 1846, Moore had built four flour and lumber mills, along with dwellings for the mill workers. He also operated a ferry to Oregon City. In 1845, Moore renamed the tiny town Linn City in honor of his friend Dr. Lewis F. Linn, a U.S. Senator from Missouri and sponsor of the Donation Land Claim Bill. Moore died in 1857, and not long after his death a fire destroyed the sawmill, gristmill, wharves, and a docked steamer ship. Efforts are rebuilding were destroyed by floods later that same year.
In 1868, Linn City was revived when the Willamette Transportation Locks Co. began providing passage to shipping over the Willamette Falls. The locks remain in continuous operation to this day. In 1913, the City of West Linn was incorporated, encompassing West Oregon City, Bolton, Sunset and Willamette Heights. After considerable debate on a name, the city founders decided to honor the pioneer town that Moore had established.
Today West Linn is a quiet bedroom community in the Portland area.
Camassia Natural Area. This 26 acre preserve is maintained by the Nature Conservancy. It is named for the camas flower which blooms here in April and early May. During spring and summer, volunteers lead guided hikes and teach visitors about the ecology of the preserve. Admission is free.
Fields Bridge Park. This 19 acre city park contains a ball field, a community garden, and a short loop trail with interpretive signs and and displays explaining the history and origin of the 14 ton Willamette Meteorite discovered in West Linn in 1902.
Historic Willamette Neighborhood Walking Tour. This self-guided walking tour will take you around the historic Willamette neighborhood, passing homes, churches, and the business district on Willamette Falls Drive. The link above provides all the information you need for this walking tour.
Historic Bolton Neighborhood Walking Tour. This self-guided walking tour will take you around the Bolton neighborhood where early settlers first established the town of West Linn. The link above provides all the information you need for this walking tour.
Arts Festival in the Forest. This annual festival takes place in August at Mary S. Young Park. Artists sell ceramics, glass, garden art, jewelry, paintings, photographs, and more.
West Linn Arts Festival. This annual arts fest takes place in September at Willamette Park.
Willamette Living History Tour. Tour guides lead you through the homes and lives of the first citizens of the town of Willamette. Held on the third Saturday of September. $15 per person.
West Linn Public Library, 1595 Burns Street, West Linn, OR 97068, (503) 656-7853 . Mon-Wed 11-8, Thu-Fri 10-6, Sat-Sun 12-5. Closed on major holidays. The library provides free public wi-fi as well as public computers that have internet connections. A B&W copier is also available.
FEDEX Office Print & Ship Center, 22000 Willamette Dr #105, West Linn, OR 97068, (503) 557-0709 . Mon-Fri 7:30am-9:00pm, Sat, 10:00am-6:00pm, Sun noon-6:00pm. B&W and color copies, printing, faxing, wi-fi, computers.