Molalla is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon. The population was 8,108 at the time of the 2010 census. Take a look below for 20 amazing and interesting facts about Molalla, Oregon, United States.
1. Molalla was named after the Molalla River, which in turn was named for the Molala, a Native American tribe that inhabited the area.
2. William H. Vaughan took up a donation land claim in the area in 1844.
3. Molalla post office was established in 1850, near the site of Liberal, and was discontinued in 1851.
4. The post office was reestablished in 1868 and it ran until 1874, then was reestablished in 1876, which is when it was probably placed at the present location of Molalla.
5. Since the late 1990s the city has been experiencing a surge in growth and expansion in the residential sector.
6. A number of business franchises have located in Molalla since 2000.
7. In 2002, Molalla installed its first stoplight, at the intersection of Oregon Route 211 and Oregon Route 213, because of the traffic brought by the increased business activity.
8. Molalla is located in the foothills of the Cascade Range, near the Mount Hood National Forest, 15 miles (24 km) south of Oregon City and 13 miles (21 km) from Interstate 5.
9. Molalla is surrounded by farms and rural residential development.
10. There are many rock quarries, and thousands of acres of private timberlands, that feed natural resource materials into the economy.
11. Several of the tree farms are managed for totally maintained and sustained forest.
12. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.26 square miles (5.85 km2), of which, 2.21 square miles (5.72 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.
13. This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C).
14. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Molalla has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated “Csb” on climate maps.
15. Molalla is the home of the Molalla Buckeroo rodeo (it began in 1913, the same time as the city was founded) and the Apple Festival. The Pacific Coast Freestyle Championships, a model airplane aerobatic tournament, has been held there for 14 years in late July.
16. Several Latino rodeos are held at the rodeo facility by “LaFortuna” in spring, mid-summer, late summer and fall, bringing tens of thousands of Latino families to celebrate in the community.
17. The Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Molalla Area Chamber of Commerce, often sports 50,000 spectators.
18. The Molalla River corridor offers opportunities for outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, and hiking. Along the corridor to the east, Table Rock is a favorite local rocky promontory that provides visitors with a view of Molalla and the surrounding countryside for miles in every direction.
19. Neighborhood and community parks include Fox, Clark, Long, and Ivor Davies Parks. Clark Park has a free disc golf course and playground. Long Park has a playground, a pavilion, and a beautiful bear carving.
20. Fox Park hosts summer concerts and has a playground, pavilion, and splash pad for children. A long pedestrian and bicycle-friendly path extends through Ivor Davies Park over several small bridges and around a fish pond.