Known as the “Dogwood City” of the West and the birthplace of the Bing Cherry; Milwaukie was settled and claimed by Pioneer Lot Whitcomb in 1847 and was formally incorporated in 1903 by an Act of the Oregon State Legislature. Its location along the Willamette River attracted entrepreneurs who established lumber mills at the turn of the century. The old wood trimmed buildings from the city’s early days still stand, preserving the city’s historic essence.
Between 1950 and 2010, the population of Milwaukie grew from 5,000 to over 20,000. Homes are reminiscent of the area’s history and future development. Comprised of single-family homes, you’ll find several classic styles including Old Portland, quaint cottage, Cape Cod and ranch. Expertly restored farmhouses, stately mansions, English Tudors and Queen Anne’s provide modern amenities with vintage grandeur. Residents seeking lower maintenance properties can choose from a selection of contemporary condos and row homes.
The revival of downtown Milwaukie includes new apartments, retail space, and a riverfront park. Residents can take advantage locally owned boutiques, restaurants, and coffee shops. People from all around the area visit the popular Farmer’s Market in Downtown Milwaukie every Sunday starting in May through October. Come and enjoy the live music, assortment of food options, and merchandise from more than 75 vendors. Music lovers can rejoice during the summer months when both Ardenwald Park and Scott Park host outdoor concerts for the public.
Milwaukie’s location provides residents access to a wide variety of outdoor recreation. Popular Elk Rock Island has designated habitats to protect and nurture several species of plants, mammals, reptiles and birds, and is located in the middle of the Willamette River. Accessible during the summer and autumn seasons, locals come to the area to relax and picnic among the ancient forest and explore the park’s miles of winding trails. Other local outdoor activities include public parks, kayaking, fishing and biking.