Estacada is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Portland. Take a look below for 15 awesome and fun facts about Estacada, Oregon, United States.
1. The 2020 population is estimated to be 3,700.
2. According to the 2010 census, the population in 2010 was 2,695.
3. It is the 89th largest city in Oregon and the 5602nd largest city in the United States.
4. The Estacada post office opened on February 24, 1904 and the city was incorporated in May 1905.
5. The community formed as a camp for workers building a hydroelectric dam on the nearby Clackamas River that was to supply Portland with electricity.
6. At the time, the river was relatively inaccessible by road, forcing the Oregon Power Railway Company to build a railway to the vicinity of the river to transport crews to the river for the construction of the dam.
7. After the construction of the Hotel Estacada, the town became a weekend destination on the railroad line for residents of Portland.
8. During the week, the train carried freight and work crews to and from Portland. Following the development of the dams, the city became a hub for the logging industry. In the early 20th century, a trolley line connected the town with downtown Portland. The railway line has been removed and there is no longer rail service to Estacada.
9. The origin of the city’s name is disputed. One explanation is that the city’s name is a corruption of the names of a civic leader’s daughters, Esther and Katie, however, there is no evidence of their existence.
10. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.06 square miles (5.34 km2), of which, 2.01 square miles (5.21 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.
11. After the building of the dams, the primary base for Estacada’s economy has been lumber.
12. As the timber industry has declined, the economy of the city has been depressed in recent years.
13. On June 22, 2020, Estacada mayor Sean Drinkwine became the subject of statewide controversy after making an inflammatory Facebook post about the George Floyd protests, in which he vowed to “shut those vigils down” following a peaceful protest of nearly 50 residents outside of Estacada City Hall.
14. Estacada is served by the Estacada School District, which includes River Mill Elementary School, Clackamas River Elementary School, Estacada Middle School, and Estacada High School, which are all located within Estacada’s city limits.
15. The Estacada Public Library is part of the Library Information Network of Clackamas County.