Tigard Oregon City Information

Tigard Oregon City Information

Tigard Oregon is a city located in Washington County. The city is named after Wilson M. Tigard (pronounced Tie-gerd) who settled in the area in 1852. He traded two cows for 320 acres of land that had a small cabin. Mr. Tigard became quickly involved in civic affairs by helping build the East Butte School, as the area was then known, in 1853. Wilson’s son, Charles F. Tigard, established the first post office in 1886 and the area became known as Tigardville.

The late 19th century saw the influx of many German immigrants to this predominately farming community. There was little change in the area until the Oregon Electric Railroad began daily service to Tigardville in 1910. This railroad connected Portland, Salem, and Eugene. To avoid any confusion with the Wilsonville stop south of Tigardville, the Oregon Electric Railroad named the local stop Tigard.

With the introduction of the railroad stop, Tigard started becoming a residential area for people working in Portland. Tigard remained primarily a farming community until the completion of Oregon Highway 99 and Interstate 5 in the 50’s and 60’s. These roads brought new people to the area and the population started to increase.

Amazingly, Tigard did not become an incorporated city until September 11, 1961. The incorporation measure had failed twice before. It was not until the City of Portland threatened to annex the area did the residents vote for self rule.

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Tigard is now Oregon’s 12th largest city with a population of about 49,000. The city is 10.9 square miles and has 300 acres of parks. The city is a clean and affordable family oriented community and sponsors many community events throughout the year.  The city’s signature event is the Festival of Balloons held in June at Cook Park is part of the Portland Rose Festival.

There are many comfortable older homes and established neighborhoods mixed in with newer housing developments. The city is divided into 13 neighborhoods and encourages resident participation in local affairs. The Tigard – Tualatin School District is one of the most highly regarded school systems in the state.

Wayne Pruner is a Realtor who works in the Tigard area. I am ready to help you save money with expert advice about buying and selling a home in the area. I can be reached directly by phone at 503-891-0795 and by email at waynepruner@oregonfirst.com.

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