Falls City
History

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 Falls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXhiD72alk4

The United Methodist Church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxB2PVIZpYQ

Luckiamute Clinic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76L07_QV6Ek

High School

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09NZBQBQ2e0


120 South Main Street

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrROhkK-9cg

150 First Street

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HauVNQBBRAc

328 South Main Street

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENonb8hUg78


180 Dayton Street 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oEonVSECDc

"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.


-J.A. Reiber

As printed in the “Falls City Enterprise” in November 1925 – Courtesy of Mrs. Hope Letterman)

Primary Sources

The Beginnings & My Memories

by Ila Estelle

Falls City, OR as told to

Polk County Historical Society - 1978

Memories 

Clyde F. Bancroft 1903- 1989

Generously donated by Judy Settlemier

1997 Historic Resource Survey

Linked here.

 

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Falls City, OR 97344

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