During my extensive exploration of Portland in 2015,
I kept mostly within the city limits. I didn’t not spend much time in the other 24 cities which comprise the Portland metro area.
I’m sure that one day I will explore them as well, but for now there is so much to see in Portland itself.
One of the towns I have been neglecting is Oregon City.
It has a rich history, being one of the most important towns in the entire western United States during the mid-1800s. It was the end of the Oregon Trail;
the first U.S. city west of the Rocky Mountains
to be incorporated (1844); the first capital of the Oregon Territory;
and it rivaled Portland,
12 miles to the north, for early supremacy in the area.
There is quite a bit to see in this small city of 35,000, but I have never gotten a round tuit.
However, in April 2016, I stopped by The Highland Stillhouse
— on the corner of South McLoughlin Boulevard (Oregon Route 99E
) and South 2nd Street in central Oregon City — for an unusual supper.
This Scottish pub recently made the OregonLive list of 11 Oregon bars with spectacular views
— and for good reason. From the extensive patio on its cliff-top location, there is an awesome view of the 1,500-foot-wide, 40-foot-high Willamette Falls,
as well as the surrounding portions of the Willamette River.
On my April visit, I took food and drink photos at the pub, then walked across the street for numerous shots of the waterfall. Out of the 49 pictures I took during my one-hour stay, the best 14 have made it into this album.
I plan on going back to Oregon City sometime this summer for a more in-depth exploration, so this album will be expanding greatly by the end of the year.