Millersburg, Oregon

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Millersburg is a city in Linn County, Oregon, United States. Millersburg originally was the name of a station on the Southern Pacific railroad line, which was named for a local farming family. The population was 651 at the 2000 census, and the Portland research Center shows the population at 1,170.

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History

Millersburg came into being in 1974, to prevent the city of Albany from attempting to extend its city limits to include where Wah Chang Corporation operated a zirconium processing plant for the United States Bureau of Mines.

Although now owned by Teledyne, this processing plant is the city's largest employer.[citation needed]

Millersburg's infamous stench of past years, often attributed to the Wah Chang facility, is actually generated by the nearby Weyerhaeuser wood products processing mill. This has lent support to various attempts to close both plants. In August 2008, Weyerhauser sold the mill to International Paper. International Paper then closed the mill at the end of 2009, laying off 270 employees.[3] As of summer 2010, the mill sits idle.

In 2008, Peak Sun Silicon built a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) polysilicon production facility in Millersburg. They currently employ about 50 people with plans to expand up to 500 jobs by 2013.[4]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.2 km²), of which, 4.5 square miles (11.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (5.11%) is water.[5]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 651 people, 263 households, and 179 families residing in the city. The population density was 145.9 people per square mile (56.4/km²). There were 288 housing units at an average density of 64.6/sq mi (24.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.47% White, 0.77% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.76% of the population.

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