Lake Oswego, Oregon

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Lake Oswego (pronounced /ɒsˈwiːɡoʊ/) is a city located primarily in Clackamas County in the U.S. state of Oregon. Small portions of the city are also located in neighboring Multnomah and Washington counties.[3] Located south of Portland surrounding the 405-acre (1.6 km²) Oswego Lake, the town was founded in 1847 and incorporated as Oswego in 1910. The city was the hub of Oregon's brief iron industry in the late 19th century and is today an affluent suburb of Portland. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 35,278. The 2006 estimate is 36,350 residents.[4]

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History

Early history

The Clackamas Indians once occupied the land that later became Lake Oswego,[5] but diseases transmitted by European explorers and traders killed most of the natives. Before the influx of non-native people via the Oregon Trail, the area between the Willamette River and Tualatin River had a scattering of early pioneer homesteads and farms.

19th century

As settlers arrived, encouraged by the Donation Land Claim Act of 1850 and the subsequent Homestead Act, they found the land under-occupied.

Albert Alonzo Durham founded the town of Oswego in 1847, naming it after Oswego, New York.[6] He built a sawmill on Sucker Creek (now Oswego Creek), the town's first industry.[5]

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