From the first land claim in 1847 to the growing technology industry of the 21st century, the city of Beaverton, Oregon, has had an impressive history. The earliest inhabitants were the Atfalati, a Native American tribe who dubbed the area Chakeipi, or the “Place of the Beaver.” When modern settlers began to arrive in the mid-1800s, they continued to refer to the area as “Beaverdam,” often draining the dams to aid their farming of the rich soil that remained. Beaverton has been home to many interesting and lucrative businesses since its incorporation in 1893, including a silent film studio in the 1920s, an airplane manufacturing site in the 1930s, and a busy airport in the 1940s. Since the 1950s, a growing number of high-tech companies have operated here, earning Beaverton a spot on the roster of places that comprise Washington County’s Silicon Forest.
Author Bio: Author Colleen Medlock is a history teacher in the Beaverton School District and a member of the Beaverton Historical Society. Using vintage images provided by the historical society and the City of Beaverton, she brings the city’s pioneer history to life in this photographic stroll through Beaverton’s past.
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