Sellwood-Moreland, Portland, Oregon

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Sellwood Park along the Willamette River
Sellwood Park along the Willamette River
Sellwood-Moreland is located in Portland, Oregon
Coordinates: 45°27′54″N 122°39′00″W / 45.465°N 122.65°W / 45.465; -122.65Coordinates: 45°27′54″N 122°39′00″W / 45.465°N 122.65°W / 45.465; -122.65
CountryUnited States
 • AssociationSellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE)
 • CoalitionSoutheast Uplift Neighborhood Program
 • Total1.81 sq mi (4.68 km2)
 • Total10,475
 • Density5,800/sq mi (2,200/km2)
 • No. of households5159
 • Occupancy rate96% occupied
 • Owner-occupied2682 households (52%)
 • Renting2477 households (48%)
 • Avg. household size2.03 persons

Sellwood-Moreland is a neighborhood on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River in Southeast Portland, Oregon, bordering Brooklyn to the north, Eastmoreland to the east, and the city of Milwaukie to the south. The neighborhood is linked to Southwest Portland across the Willamette River by the Sellwood Bridge, the southernmost of Portland's bridges.


Sellwood originated as an independent city and as a rival of nearby early Portland on the 1,320-acre (5.3 km2) Donation Land Claim of Reverend John Sellwood, who sold the claim in 1882 to the Sellwood Real Estate Company.[2] The town of Sellwood was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on February 25, 1889.[3] It was annexed by Portland in 1893.[citation needed]


Sellwood has an amusement park named Oaks Park along the river. A bike trail next to railroad tracks above the river is accessible from Sellwood, and links Milwaukie and downtown Portland. The Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge was established in 1988 and has allowed the preservation and protection of numerous species. Walking trails go through the park, traversing woods, meadow and marshland.

Milwaukie Avenue and SE 13th Avenue are the locations of many restaurants, Moreland Theater, specialty retail and neighborhood stores, upscale antique shops,a middle school, and other stores.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Demographics (2000)
  2. ^ Snyder, Eugene E.. Portland Names and Neighborhoods: Their Historic Origin. Portland: Binford & Mort, 1979. p. 202.
  3. ^ Baker, Frank C. (1891). "Special Laws". The Laws of Oregon, and the Resolutions and Memorials of the Sixteenth Regular Session of the Legislative Assembly Thereof. Salem, Oregon: State Printer: 1007.

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