Durham, Oregon

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Durham is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. Incorporated in 1966, the city is surrounded by Tigard and Tualatin and is adjacent to the Bridgeport Village shopping complex. The population was 1,382 at the 2000 census. The 2007 estimate is 1,395 residents.[3]

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History

The city was named for Albert Alonzo Durham, founder of the nearby town of Oswego.[4] Durham operated a sawmill and a flour mill on Fanno Creek, which flows through the city, from 1866 until his death in 1898.[5] The site, located along the Boones Ferry Road to Portland, was originally known as Durhams Mills.[6] In 1908, the Oregon Electric Railway established a stop called Durham at the location.[5] Residents of the city voted for incorporation in 1966 to protect the location from industrialization of its residential areas. Today, the community is primarily residential.[5]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 kmĀ²), all of it land.[7] It sits at 197 feet (60 m) above sea-level.[8] The main road through Durham is Upper Boones Ferry Road, with Interstate 5 about .5 miles (0.80 km) east of the city.[9] Part of the western boundary of the city is the Tualatin River, with the only park, Durham City Park, also on the western edge of Durham.

Government

Durham's mayor is Gery Schirado and the city administrator is Roland Signett.[8][10] Children in the community attend the schools of the Tigard-Tualatin School District.[11] The city's police protection is provided under contract by the Tualatin Police Department,[10] and fire protection is provided by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.[11] The city is part of the Tigard Water District for drinking water, while wastewater treatment is provided by Clean Water Services.[11] Durham's annual budget is around $2.4 million.[9]

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