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Welcome to Historic Gresham. Linking the Cascades to the Willamette Valley and opening the gateway to Mt. Hood, the Columbia Gorge, and Portland, Gresham, thrives as the fourth largest city in the State of Oregon with a downtown that is rich in local history and charm. This vital downtown provides a unique walking experience, with tree-lined streets, a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and historical treasures, all resurrecting the hometown feeling missing from today’s urban districts and shopping malls. Located on the western edge of The Mount Hood Scenic Loop, Gresham is a short car ride to skiing on Mount Hood, wind surfing in Hood River, exploring all the falls and trails along The Columbia Gorge and all the Great Wineries of The Willamette Valley.
Once the Metro area’s “best kept secret” Historic Gresham has now been “discovered” through hosting many annual events that include the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, the Art Walk, the Rockin Around the Block Car Show, the Gresham Farmer’s Market and many more. Historic Gresham is easily accessible by bus and light rail, and has a trailhead entrance through Main City Park to the Springwater Trail. The Springwater Corridor is a multi-use trail that finds it heart in the center of Main Street Park. The paved surface is 10-12 feet wide with soft shoulders. The hard surface trail is designed to accommodate walkers, joggers, hikers, bicycles, wheelchairs, and strollers. Equestrian use is more common east of I-205 where a separate soft surface path meanders away from the main trail where topography allows.
Beginning its life in 1903 as the Springwater Division Line, a commuter railway that took folks from downtown Portland to outlying communities such as Estacada and Eagle Creek. At its peak in 1910, Portland's 160 miles of rails carried 16 million passengers a year. In the 1950s, the automobile became the preferred method of travel and passenger service was dropped in 1958.
In 1990, the city of Portland acquired portions of the corridor with the rest being picked up by Metro in the intervening years. The first stretches of the trail opened in 1996. In 2006, three bridges connecting the trail over McLoughlin Boulevard, were constructed which closed most of the gaps in the trail.
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