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William Newby had a vision to create a place of commerce and residence for settlers to the Willamette Valley. Newby named the town after his hometown of McMinnville, Tennessee, and saw plenty of local opportunities on his land, straddling an old Native American trail along what is now Baker Street. Newby had a millstone shipped from Oregon City so grain could be ground at his mill. Soon, a blacksmith shop and a general store attracted people to an expanding village. In 1866, the area's first newspaper began publication and would later become the McMinnville News-Register. Newby donated land for a college, built churches, warehouses, mills, and stores. The city was incorporated in 1882, shortly after the arrival of the railroad. Since then, McMinnville has become the center of population and government for Yamhill County. It sports many modern industries and retains the charm of the historic city along Third Street.
ISBN: 9780738593159
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of America
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Christy Van Heukelem and Tom Fuller previously coauthored Images of America: Salem and Newberg. Fuller also cowrote Oregon at Work: 1859–2009. Van Heukelem traces her ancestry to some of McMinnville's founders. Fuller has lived in Yamhill County since 1990. Jeb Bladine is a third-generation owner of the News-Register.
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