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Cedar Mill History

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The Cedar Mill Historical Society is gearing up to expand our activities and outreach. We hope you’ll honor us with a donation on Giving Tuesday by clicking the Donate button above.

Why? Research shows that “placemaking” activities, networks, and public spaces anchored in arts and culture enhance the social, economic, and even health outcomes of communities. Think of the resurgence of the Pearl in downtown Portland over the past 30+ years, for example.

In pursuit of a more inviting, authentic, and livable Cedar Mill, we’ve worked for the following achievements:

  • Registering as a 501(c)(3) non-profit
  • Assembling a collection of documents, stories, and artifacts about the history of this place dating back to Native American tribes and Oregon Trail pioneers
  • Displaying the collection in the old Milltowner shopping center at the corner of Cornell & Saltzman
  • Creating a History Museum in the old Milltowner shopping center at the corner of Cornell & Saltzman
  • Holding the Cedar Mill Cider Festival every fall since 2006 on the grounds of the John Quincy Adams Young House, with neighborhood Boy Scouts manning cider presses, live music, a food cart, a children’s playground, booths hosted by community organizations, a display of our collection, and – this year – an oral history booth
  • Hosting meetings of the Cedar Mill History Club at the Ackerly
  • Giving an interview about our activities on TVCTV’s “City Talk” that will be aired next year
  • Scaling up our Board with five talented and committed neighborhood residents

But we’re keen to be more visible and active in the community. Your donation will help us to:

  • Develop a membership program with regular activities and a newsletter
  • Scale up and build the capacity of our Board and volunteer
  • Find a permanent home for our collection where the public and students at area schools can learn about and celebrate Cedar Mill’s past
  • Complete our new website with stories and images of our history

We welcome your input and feedback, and look forward to partnering with you!


Cedar Mill History book

These pages contain excerpts from the book, "Cedar Mill History" by Linda S. Dodds and Nancy A. Olson. The book is out of print, but copies are available at the Cedar Mill library, and occasionally at Powell's.

We're also including stories contributed by Cedar Mill residents about their memories. If you have a story, or know someone who does, please email us.

The Cedar Mill Historical Society is a 501(c)3 charitable organization formed to further the preservation and education about our community's past. Visit the Cedar Mill History Project for some ideas on how we can do this, and email us if you'd like more information: info@cedarmillhistory.org.

"Cedar Mill History"

© 1986
by Linda S. Dodds and Nancy A. Olson

Excerpts have been included with the gracious permission of the authors. The book is out of print, but copies are available at the Cedar Mill library, and occasionally at Powell's.

The book includes a wealth of old photos of the area, some of which are included here.

  • Introduction
  • The Tualatin Indians
  • The Pioneers
  • Education
  • Religion
    • Wesley Chapel
    • St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
    • The German Congregational Church of Cedar Mills
    • Cedar Mill Bible Church
  • Union Cemetery of Cedar Mill
  • The Lumber Economy
  • A New Generation of Pioneers
  • More Farmers
    • Myron Jacob Sammons
    • The Findleys
    • The Beamish Family
    • The Burtons
    • The Chobans
  • The Early Business Community
    • The General Store
    • The Cedar Mill Post Office
    • Blacksmithing
    • The Shoemaker
    • The Cedar Mill Garage
    • The Kieni Ranch and West Hills Dairy
  • Roads
    • Early Routes
    • Canyon and Walker Roads
    • Barnes Road
    • Cornell Road
    • Saltzman Road
    • Thompson Road
    • Murry Road
    • Names to Numbers
  • Utilities
    • Telephone Service
    • Wolf Creek Highway Water District
    • Garbage
    • The Fire Department
  • Corporate Agriculture
  • Social Activities
    • Amateur Musical and Literary Society of Cedar Mill
    • Woodmen of the World
    • Modern Woodmen of America
    • Leedy Grange
    • Larsen's Orchestra
    • Barn Dances
    • Lost Park
    • The Community Club
    • The Cedar Mill Garden Club
  • A Pioneer Landmark
  • Cedar Mill Walking Tour
  • Bibliography and Further Reading
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index





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