Founded in 1889 and incorporated in 1893, Falls City has a long and rich history. Please check out some historical resources below!
The Development of Falls City, Oregon, 1845-1965
Report can be found here.
Videos of Historical Sites of Falls City
In 2012, The City of Falls City received a grant from the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office for a project to be undertaken jointly by the City and Falls City School District #57 to document, by video, historical properties in Falls City. The students investigated each property, conducted community interviews, and prepared videos using equipment purchased through the grant.
The results are amazing!
The High School Historic Property Video project was a first of its kind. Since the completion of the project, the students and their teacher have been invited to several cities in Oregon to share their inspiring story. During the summer of 2013, the High School students premiered their work on at outdoor movie screen in the George Kitchin Upper Park to a large audience.
The United Methodist Church
120 South Main Street
150 First Street
328 South Main Street
180 Dayton Street
"Falls City the Beautiful" Poem - 1925
Where the rushing Luckiamute River
From its canyon makes a sally
Stumbling over cliffs and boulders
Headlong falls into the valley;
Where the valley meets the mountain
On a spot serene and pretty,
Beautiful for situation,
Stands the village of Falls City.
Here the hills are clad in fir trees,
Trimmed with dogwood and maple:
Bright and green through summer
But in autumn gold and purple.
Here the orchards and the vineyards
Yield their bounties without number
And the fir trees on the Mountains
Yield a wealth of longs and lumber.
Here the rushing tumbling waters
Lent to men their strength and might
Turn the wheels of mill and planer
And produce electric light,
Here’s the “center of resources”
Gleaned from the mountain, hill and plain:
Luscious fruits and nuts and berries,
Weaving fields of hay and grain
Far removed from thongs and cities
And the rush and noise and din
Of the busy lanes of commerce.
Lacking, too, their care and pain.
Here surrounded by the mountains,
And the azure dome above;
Men have time for peace and quiet,
Hearts are filled with peace and love.
Do you long for home and neighbors
And the fellowship of friends:
Where abideth peace and plenty,
And contentment, which it lends?
Seek it not in crowded cities
Nor resorts of great reknown;
But, just pack up your belongings
And come here and settle down.
As printed in the “Falls City Enterprise” in November 1925 – Courtesy of Mrs. Hope Letterman)
The Beginnings & My Memories
by Ila Estelle
Falls City, OR as told to
Generously donated by Judy Settlemier
1997 Historic Resource Survey