Millersburg is a city in Linn County, Oregon, United States. Take a look below for 15 amazing and fun facts about Millersburg, Oregon, United States.
1. Millersburg originally was the name of a station on the Southern Pacific railroad line, which was named for a local farming family.
2. The population was 1,329 at the 2010 census.
3. 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.
4. Although now owned by Allegheny Technologies and until recently known as ATI Wah Chang, this processing plant is the city’s largest employer.
5. 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.
6. This has lent support to various attempts to close both plants.
7. In August 2008, Weyerhauser sold the mill to International Paper.
8. International Paper then closed the mill at the end of 2009, laying off 270 employees.
9. As of summer 2010, the mill sits idle.
10. On July 22, 2010 the demolition of the paper mill, now owned by International Paper, began with the implosion of the number 4 recovery boiler.
11. In 2008, Peak Sun Silicon built a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) polysilicon production facility in Millersburg.
12. They currently employ about 50 people with plans to expand up to 500 jobs by 2013.
13. However Peak Sun Silicon’s land in Oregon was foreclosed on after they were unable to repay a loan from the Oregon Department of Energy.
14. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.65 square miles (12.04 km2), of which 4.43 square miles (11.47 km2) is land and 0.22 square miles (0.57 km2) is water.
15. The median age in the city was 41.2 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 30% were from 45 to 64; and 14.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.