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The Tualatin Valley and Beaverton area was originally the home of native people who referred to themselves as Atfalati. Westerners later mispronounced the name as Tualatin. The tribe was a hunter-gatherer group that relied more on plants than animals for their food. They made use of various plant materials for making their clothes, houses and other personal effects. Although prosperous, the Atfalati population declined ificantly starting in the late s. The Native Americans occupied a village located on the Beaverton and Fanno creeks that was called Chakeipi.

It was not until that westerners first visited the Pacific Northwest when American Robert Gray sailed into the Columbia River and opened the door to exploration. Later that year, British Lt. William Broughton, serving under Capt. George Vancouver, explored miles upriver. Along the way, he named a point of land along the shore in honor of his commander. The first overland expedition to the northwest came when American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark visited in On the return trip, they camped near what is now Vancouver, Washington. In the spring of , the first land claim comprising acres of Beaverdam located in what is now Beaverton was taken up by Lawrence Hall.

He and his brother built a grist mill near present-day Walker Road. The other important industry in early Oregon was logging and wood products. Thomas Hicklin Denney and his wife Berrilla came to Oregon in and quickly established the first sawmill in what is now the Beaverton area. As more people came into the area, it became increasingly important to provide a system of ro to transport agricultural and wood products to Portland for shipment. The road was completed as far as Beaverton by despite various financial setbacks.

Spurred on by a railroad into town built in , the small farming community west of Portland began to grow. By the City of Beaverton was formally incorporated with a population of Alonzo Cady, a local businessman became the first mayor. The post office was located in a general store that he owned. The current post office is located on Betts street, named in honor of the first postmaster. Over the years the library has been housed in several different locations.

Then in it was moved to a building on first street, then again in to a location on Hall street where it stayed until It was temporarily located in the Hall Street Station for four years. In the Library was moved to a different location on Allen Boulevard where it stayed for a of years until a new Library was built at the intersection of Fifth Street and Hall Boulevard in September Plans called for the road to start in Portland and go out to Hillsboro along the wagon-beaten dirt trail called Canyon Road.

Building came to a standstill when the company went bankrupt. Then in efforts were renewed. By , Canyon Road to Beaverton was complete, boosting the economic success of Beaverton farmers and merchants. The officers of the corporation were the mayor, four councilmen, a recorder, a treasurer and a marshal.

In a new Spanish colonial building was constructed on the corner of Farmington and Watson. The present day occupant of the old bank building is Arthur Murray Dance Studio. All the men were summoned to the Grange Hall to vote on the issue, some traveling a long distance by horse and buggy.

The ladies had a sumptuous potluck dinner waiting, and while the men enjoyed the meal, the women pleasantly suggested that the men vote in favor of the female gender. The glamorous and exciting world of motion pictures changed the face of Beaverton in , when Premium Picture Productions built a movie studio near Erickson Street. Local residents frequently worked as extras or had small walk-on parts.

The film company made about 15 motion pictures before it went bankrupt late in When Premium Picture Productions closed down in , the acre studio site was turned into an aircraft hangar-factory. The financier behind the film venture in Beaverton was also an aviation enthusiast. Watts built Watts Airport. The hanger was on the west side of Erickson, along what is now Sixth Street. Before long, airplanes were being built and tested in Beaverton and many more pilots were using the Watts airstrip.

Having outgrown the site, Charles Bernard was approached. Bernard built more wood frame hangars parallel to the what is now Cedar Hills Blvd. Bernard Airport was once known as the oldest continuously-operated airport in Oregon. The wagon train they were a part of tried to shorten the journey by taking a little explored trail, and encountered illness, battles, a dwindling water supply, and numerous deaths.

But the Halls made it. Hall Boulevard in Beaverton is named after this pioneer family. Thomas Hicklin Denney was running a sawmill and grist mill near Concord, Indiana around , when he met his cousin, Berrilla F. Encouraged by relatives who had made the trip out West, the cousins decided to travel together and make their way to Oregon. Before long, their relationship grew. Thomas Denney and Berrilla King were married on January 4, When they began their trip in early March, Berrilla was pregnant.

Although the last half of the journey was fraught with frequent bad weather and scarce water, the trip across the Cascades was uneventful. Their first stop in Oregon Territory was Mills Milwaukie. There they met Augustus Fanno, who told them about a fine section of land that aded his in the lush Tualatin Valley.

Allen lived. Allen was said to be scholarly a faithful reader of the New York Tribune as well a carpenter and painter. Francis Marion Robinson graduated from Willamette University in with a degree in medicine, and started a practice in Beaverton. In , Dr. Robinson had a Queen Anne-style, Victorian home built on Broadway. In , he had a pharmacy built next to his residence. Today the former Robinson house and pharmacy have been combined and converted into the popular Beaverton Bakery. Alonzo Brockway Cady settled in Beaverton in , bringing his family boot and shoe business with him, and in no time was the towns leading merchant.

In he added Hillsboro to his territory and by , he was the Ford agent for Washington County. Otto was president of the company and owned 80 percent of the stock. The other 20 percent was shared by his employees as a reward for faithful service. His step-father, Otto Erickson, was mayor at the time, in addition to owning the Ford dealership. Twenty years and several dealerships later in locations around Beaverton, Carr moved to the present-day location on Southwest Canyon Road. In , Guy Carr retired after 68 years in the automobile business in Beaverton.

Guy Carr served on the Beaverton City Council for several years. Rose Merlo lived with her family until when she married a young Italian man who worked for her father, Louie Biggi. Seven years later Louie died, leaving Rose to raise and support three children-and 14 acres full of vegetables. Three acres were the winter crop: horseradish. Rose had a friend who made a little grinding machine, and she ground the root grown on her farm in Beaverton.

She traveled to Portland, Hillsboro and around Beaverton with her basket of ground horseradish. It began to catch on. A savvy businesswoman, Rose saved her profits little by little and began to buy the land surrounding their existing acreage. Rose eventually built a larger home and building which housed the Beaverton Horseradish Factory. Beaverton Foods products are shipped all over the world, from the same location on Cedar Hills Blvd. Loading Close. Do Not Show Again Close. Home Community History.

History Beaverton's Beginning The Tualatin Valley and Beaverton area was originally the home of native people who referred to themselves as Atfalati.

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