Tigard Oregon – A Kayakers Paradise in The Tualatin Valley

Image credit – OARS

Located south of Portland is the town of Tigard Oregon. It currently has a population of about 50,000 and has been one of the most sought-after towns in recent years as residents of Portland have been eager to escape the hustle of the big city and high prices in the area.

What’s great about living in Tigard (pronounced TIE-gurd) is that the town offers so many things to do that it doesn’t feel like a small town, plus it’s also the site one of the region’s premier tax-free shopping destinations—Washington Square and Bridgeport Village—and has a community that is devoted to the arts, with the only professional musical theater company in the region.

Besides the shopping and small-town feel of Tigard, people come here to enjoy the kayaking and outdoor recreation that’s unmatched anywhere in Oregon. When you get to town you will have easy access to the river via Cook Park and there’s also plenty of hiking opportunities in the local area via the Fanno Creek Greenway Trail which will take you along ponds, wetlands, forests and a wide variation of gardens.

Tigard History

Like many towns in the Willamette Valley, Tigard was originally settled by several families. The most noteworthy was the Tigard family, headed by Wilson M. Tigard. Arriving in the area known as “East Butte” in 1852, the family settled and became involved in organizing and building the East Butte School, a general store (which, starting in 1886, also housed the area’s post office) and a meeting hall, and renamed East Butte to “Tigardville” in 1886.[7]The Evangelical organization built the Emanuel Evangelical Church at the foot of Bull Mountain, south of the Tigard store in 1886. A blacksmith shop was opened in the 1890s by John Gaarde across from the Tigard Store, and in 1896 a new E. Butte school was opened to handle the growth the community was experiencing from an incoming wave of German settlers.

Image credit – OregonLive.com

Learn More About Tigard Oregon

Tigard Oregon is a great place to live and visit all year long! To learn more about things to do in the area and what the city can offer you visit their website at http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/events.php