Settled in the 1840s, the town was platted in 1850 and then incorporated in 1872, becoming the first city in Washington County. The population was 21,083 in the 2010 census, an increase of 19.1% from the 2000 census, 17,708.
Positioned in the Tualatin Valley, Oregon routes 8 and 47 pass through Forest Grove. These routes make up the Tualatin Valley Highway that runs south and east of the main part of the city. Oregon Route 8 signed as Gales Creek Road west of the city, and Oregon Route 47 signed as the Nehalem Highway north of the city.
The most distinctive aspect of the town throughout its history has been Pacific University. Old College Hall, on campus, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places along with 9 other structures in the area. Local employers include the university, as well as Tuality Forest Grove Hospital, and Viasystems.
Forest Grove History
The city was named in 1851 by resident and school trustee J. Quinn Thornton. Its name harkens to a grove of oak trees that stand at Pacific University, which was earlier called Tualatin Academy.
Forest Grove rests on the western most edge of the Portland metropolitan area. One of the largest giant sequoia trees in all of Oregon calls the city of Forest Grove its home. Clark District, with homes as old as the 1850s, is a historic landmark. Within Clark District, residents and tourists can view Old College Hall, First Church of Christ, Scientist House, and the Alvin T. Smith House. There are also 10 other buildings within the city that hold a similar honor as they find themselves in the National Register of Historic Places.
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Forest Grove is located on the western edge of the Portland metropolitan area and the Willamette Valley. One of the biggest giant sequoia trees in the state of Oregon can be found in Forest Grove.
There are 10 buildings in the National Register of Historic Places, and an entire eighteen block district know as Clark District, with homes dating as far back as the 1850’s. These houeses include the Alvin T. Smith House,
First Church of Christ, Scientist house, and Old College Hall.
In the 1990s, filming for the television show Nowhere Man took place in Forest Grove several times.