Fire and police station in downtown
|Nickname(s): Home of the Pow Wow Tree, Happy Rock|
Location in Oregon
|• Mayor||Wade Byers|
|• Total||2.48 sq mi (6.42 km2)|
|• Land||2.40 sq mi (6.22 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)|
|Elevation||57 ft (17.37 m)|
|• Estimate (2013)||11,724|
|• Density||4,790.4/sq mi (1,849.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Pacific (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1136316|
Gladstone is a city located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 11,497 at the 2010 census. Gladstone is an approximately four-square-mile (10 km²) suburban community twelve miles (19 km) south of Portland at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers.
In its heyday, Gladstone was known as cultural and social center, and hosted both the inaugural Clackamas County Fair, and the Oregon State Fair, before both were moved to more spacious locations. Gladstone once attracted such notable speakers as Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan and presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Arts and culture
- 5 Education
- 6 Public safety & quality of life
- 7 Notable people
- 8 Climate
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Prior to European settlement, there were several Native American groups living in the area that was to become Gladstone. Although Lewis and Clark did not visit the Gladstone-Oregon City locality during their expedition, they did have it described to them by the native people. Subsequently, successive waves of explorers and traders would introduce diseases and epidemics which would take a heavy toll on the native peoples and dwindle their populations to near extinction.
As Oregon City was founded and European settlers began moving to the area, they petitioned their governments to remove the local natives from the land, so that the settlers could have it to farm and live on. The government responded by rounding up the native peoples and forcing them to leave their lands for reservations. With the natives removed from the scene, the Gladstone area was ripe for further settling.
The Pow Wow tree
The tree still stands at Clackamas Boulevard, and is said to have marked the place where the different native tribes, mainly Clackamas and Multnomahs, met to make trading agreements, settle community affairs, and conduct wedding ceremonies. In 1861, it was used as a parade ring for the first State Fair with the Pow-Wow Tree marking the entrance.
The earliest homesteads in the area were recipients of the Donation Land Claim Act. The Cason and the Rinearson families were the first settlers to receive their donation land claims in Gladstone. Peter M. Rinearson and his family owned the land between Jennings Lodge and the Clackamas River, and between the Willamette River and Portland Avenue. Fendal Cason, who came to Oregon in 1843 and would go on to serve on in the Oregon Territorial Legislature, owned an area of equal in size east of Portland Avenue.
Unsuccessful early townships
Several small towns were established in this period, but due to various natural disasters, such as fires and floods, only a few remained to become the cities of today.
One such community was Linn City (originally named Robin’s Nest). Settled in the 1843 by Robert Moore, Robert himself built four flour and lumber mills along the banks of the Willamette. Warehouses, homes, and mills were steadily added until 1861, when a fire destroyed several of the buildings. Efforts at rebuilding the small town entirely ceased however, when the Great Flood of 1862 came and wiped out the remaining buildings.
Another such ill-fated settlement was Canemah, located near the Willamette Falls. Canemah prospered until 1861, when the same great flood swept most of the town over the falls. Even after reconstruction, much of the town's importance to river commerce ended in 1873 with completion of the Willamette Falls Locks. Ships no longer needed to dock and unloaded goods and passengers for portage around the falls. The remaining town officially survived until 1929, when it was annexed to Oregon City.
Founding of Gladstone
Gladstone was founded by Judge Harvey Cross in the late 19th century, and formally incorporated on January 10, 1911. He laid out the city's first streets. Cross' home was built in the late 1840s by Fendal Cason, and Cross purchased it in 1862. The Cason-Cross House later became Cochran Mortuary, and as of 2008, Mr. Rooter, a plumbing service, occupies the space. There is also a small park named after Cross, located at the same place one of the Indian tribes made its camp.
In 1894, Oregon City author Eva Emery Dye persuaded Judge Cross that bringing the Chautauqua movement to the area would be of great benefit to the community and surrounding area. Accordingly, Judge Cross granted a fifty-year lease of his land, named Gladstone Park, to the newly formed Willamette Valley Chautauqua Association for an annual summer assembly that offered lectures, concerts and theatrical performances. Gladstone's first outdoor Chautauqua was held on July 24–26, 1894. Gladstone's Chautauqua Park grew to be the third-largest permanent Chautauqua assembly park in the United States.
As time passed, however, better transportation, traveling vaudeville acts appearing in Portland, and the advent of radio meant that the Chautauqua's attendance began to dwindle. In 1927, the Willamette Valley Chautauqua Association went bankrupt. Judge Cross died on August 7, 1927, and shortly thereafter, Gladstone Park, including its buildings and Chautauqua Lake, were sold to the Western Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Since that time, the Seventh-day Adventists have held an annual camp-meeting on the site in July, with up to 20,000 attending on weekends. The Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists headquarters was moved to the site in 2008.
Despite its abutment with two major waterways, The city of Gladstone is immediately bordered by several other communities, each is listed in descending order of population:
- Oregon City, the county seat of Clackamas County, sits to the south, almost entirely separated by the Clackamas county river
- West Linn, to the west, is delineated by the Willamette River.
- Oak Grove, a census-designated place and unincorporated area. Abuts Lake Oswego to the west, Milwaukie to the north, and Jennings lodge to the south
- Jennings Lodge, a census-designated place and unincorporated area. Jennings Lodge runs between between Oak Grove and Gladstone
- Oatfield, a census-designated place and unincorporated area. Similar to Jennings Lodge, it exists between Milwaukie, to the north, and Gladstone, to the south
- Clackamas, to the north-east, an unincorporated area and former census-designated place residing within greater Clackamas County
- Johnson City, a very small incorporated city of approximately 500 residents existing north-east of Gladstone (also see the similar city of Maywood Park, Oregon). In 1968, the 45-acre town tried unsuccessfully to annex to Gladstone.
Although the above cities are generally considered as part of the much larger Portland metropolitan area - Gladstone, Oregon City, West Linn, and Milwaukie each possess the population and production of a micropolis in their own right and this relatively dense sub-region contains a combined population exceeding 100,000 people.
Being bordered by rivers on two sides, there are only two primary thoroughfares to and from the city. Interstate 205 runs north-south along the eastern edge of the city, while McLoughlin Boulevard (Oregon Route 99E) runs north-south through the western side.
Purportedly, at the suggestion of surveyor, Sidney Smyth, Judge Harvey Cross decided to name a number of Gladstone streets after American colleges (e. g. University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University, etc.) and a number of United Kingdom Dukes, Earls, and universities (.e.g. University of Exeter, Earl of Dartmouth, Earl of Clarendon, etc.).
The one exception to this general naming convention was Portland Avenue, Gladstone's main street. This avenue was named for the Interurban Electric Streetcar (1893) line that originally ran from Oregon City to Portland through the heart of Gladstone.
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,497 people, 4,540 households, and 3,009 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,790.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,849.6 /km2). There were 4,779 housing units at an average density of 1,991.3 per square mile (768.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.2% White, 0.9% African American, 1.0% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 3.4% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.7% of the population. 
There were 4,540 households of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.7% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.
The median age in the city was 39.2 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,438 people, 4,246 households, and 3,014 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,619.0 people per square mile (1,780.7/km²). There were 4,419 housing units at an average density of 1,784.5 per square mile (688.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.42% White, 0.72% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 2.11% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 3.04% from other races, and 2.82% from two or more races. 6.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,246 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $46,368, and the median income for a family was $52,500. Males had a median income of $38,619 versus $28,300 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,388. About 6.6% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
The annual Gladstone Cultural Festival and parade in early August commemorates Gladstone's former status as a popular Chautauqua destination. The festival is held in Max Patterson Memorial City Park.
Gladstone is served by the Gladstone School District, which includes John Wetten Elementary School, Kraxberger Middle School, and Gladstone High School. In 2006, a bond was passed to allow approximately $40,000,000 worth of construction on the three schools. The majority (approx. 26 million) of the money will be going towards the high school.
The city operates a library that is part of the Library Information Network of Clackamas County. In 2012, the city council approved plans for a new $10 million library, but ballot measures backed by the group Save Gladstone blocked the financing and construction pending specific voter approval. The necessary ballot measure appeared on the November 2012 ballot, where it narrowly defeated.
Public safety & quality of life
Some polling data suggests that Gladstone citizens are satisfied with city services they receive and a large majority consider Gladstone a particularly "good/excellent" place to live. Perhaps reflecting this support, the police, fire, and medical services levy renewal measures were overwhelmingly approved by voters in November of 2012.
Despite its relatively small geographic size, The city of Gladstone recognizes 17 separate parks and recreational areas.
This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Gladstone has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
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