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Clackamas County

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in rural Clackamas County.

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in rural Clackamas County. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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County Seat: County Courthouse, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City 97045
Phone: 503-650-5686 (General); 503-655-8670 (Court Administrator)
Fax: 503-650-5687 (Records)


Population (2016): 404,980
Established: July 5, 1843
Elev. at Oregon City: 55'
Area: 1,884 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 40.2° July 68.4°
Assessed Value: $46,405,129,768
Real Market Value: $73,944,244,111
Annual Precipitation: 48.40"
Economy: Agriculture, metals manufacturing, trucking and warehousing, nursery stock, retail services, wholesale trade and construction


Clackamas County map

Related resources
Historical Records Inventory
Scenic Image
"County QuickFacts" (population and economic data from U.S. Census Bureau)
County Seat Map (from Yahoo! Maps)
County Map (from ODOT)


Incorporated cities
Barlow | Canby | Estacada | Gladstone | Happy Valley | Johnson City | Lake Oswego | Milwaukie | Molalla | Oregon City | Portland | Rivergrove | Sandy | Tualatin | West Linn | Wilsonville


Points of interest
Mount Hood and Timberline Lodge, Willamette Falls and navigation locks, McLoughlin House, Canby Ferry, Molalla Buckaroo, driving tour of Old Barlow Road, Clackamas Town Center, Museum of the Oregon Territory, North Clackamas Aquatic Park.


History and general information
Clackamas County was named for the resident Clackamas Tribe and was one of the four original Oregon counties created in 1843. Oregon City, the county seat, was the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains, the first capital of the Oregon Territory, and the site of the first legislative session.

In 1849, when the city of San Francisco was platted, Oregon City was the site of the only federal court west of the Rockies. The plat was filed in 1850 in the first plat book of the first office of records on the West Coast and are still in Oregon City. The area’s early history is featured at the Clackamas County Historical Society and Museum of the Oregon Territory.

From its 55-foot elevation at Oregon City, the county rises to 11,235 feet at the peak of Mount Hood, the only year-round ski resort in the United States and the site of the Timberline Lodge National Historical Landmark. The mountains, rivers and forests offer excellent outdoor recreation activities, from skiing and rafting to fishing and camping.


County officials
Commissioners—Chair Jim Bernard 2021, Ken Humberston 2021, Sonya Fischer 2021, Paul Savas 2019, Martha Schrader 2021; Dist. Atty. John S. Foote 2021; Assess. Bob Vorman 2017; Clerk Sherry Hall 2019; Justice of the Peace Karen Brisbin 2023; Sheriff Craig Roberts 2021; Surv. Ray Griffin; Treas. Shari Anderson 2019; Co. Admin. Donald Krupp


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