Troutdale, Oregon

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Troutdale, Oregon
Downtown Troutdale
Downtown Troutdale
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Incorporated 1907
Population (2010)[2]
• Total 15,962
• Estimate (2012[3]) 16,425

Troutdale is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, north of Gresham and east of Wood Village. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 15,962.[6]

The city serves as the western gateway to the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, and the Columbia River Gorge.


The community was once known as Sandy, after the nearby Sandy River; Sandy post office was established in 1854 and closed in 1868.[7] In 1873, the current city of Sandy in Clackamas County, which formerly named “Revenue”, established a different Sandy post office that is still in operation.[7] Troutdale was named by pioneer John Harlow for the trout pond in a dale near his house.[7] Troutdale post office was founded in 1880.[7]


Troutdale is located at the confluence of the Sandy and Columbia rivers.

The city is about 12 miles (19 km) east of Portland.[8]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Troutdale has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated “Csb” on climate maps.[9]


Reynolds Aluminum was once the area’s biggest employer.[15] The Reynolds plant in Troutdale was established in 1941 to provide aluminum for the war effort.[15] The plant closed in 2000.[15] The nearby city of Wood Village was a company town founded to house workers from the Reynolds plant.[15]


Troutdale is the home of one of the most notable locations of the local McMenamins brewpub and hotel chain, the 38-acre (154,000 m2) Edgefield, which was formerly the Multnomah County Poor Farm. The site has a hotel and a variety of restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Edgefield is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Other buildings on the NRHP in Troutdale include the Fred Harlow House, and the Troutdale Methodist Episcopal Church


Troutdale is served by the Reynolds School District. Reynolds High School, Walt Morey Middle School, and Sweetbriar and Troutdale elementary schools are located in the city.

Open Door Christian Academy is a private school.



Electric interurban service connecting Troutdale with Gresham began in 1907, operated by the Portland Railway, Light and Power Company and connecting in Gresham with interurban service through to Portland.[16] The line was abandoned in 1927.[16][17]


From at least the 1940s[18] through the 1960s, bus transit service connecting Troutdale with Gresham and Portland was provided by a private company named Portland Stages, Inc.[19] This service was taken over by TriMet, a then-new public agency, in 1970, and TriMet continues to provide transit service in Troutdale today.


The Troutdale Airport serves as a base for scenic aerial tours of the Columbia River Gorge.


  1. “US Gazetteer files 2010”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  2. “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  3. “Population Estimates”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  4. “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. “US Board on Geographic Names”. United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. “2010 Census profiles: Oregon cities alphabetically T-Y” (PDF). Portland State University Population Research Center. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  7. McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 846, 970. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956.
  8. Ford, Dana. “Fatal Oregon high school shooting: ‘This is not a drill’.” CNN. June 11, 2014. Retrieved on June 11, 2014.
  9. Climate Summary for Troutdale, Oregon
  10. “Population-Oregon”. U.S. Census 1910. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  11. “Population-Oregon”. 15th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  12. “Number of Inhabitants: Oregon”. 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  13. “Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts”. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  14. “Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012”. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  15. Mayer, James (April 19, 2012). “Aluminum Plant Gone, but Memories Remain”. The Oregonian. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  16. Labbe, John T. (1980). Fares, Please! Those Portland Trolley Years. Caldwell, Idaho (US): Caxton. ISBN 0-87004-287-4.
  17. Thompson, Richard (2008). Willamette Valley Railways, p. 9. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-5601-7.
  18. “Stage Fares To Increase” (August 6, 1947). The Oregonian, p. 9.
  19. “Morgan [state public utility commissioner] Grants Bus Fare Hike”. (September 17, 1958). The Oregonian, p. 1.

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