Sylvan-Highlands, Portland, Oregon

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Sylvan-Highlands is a neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, United States located on the west side of the West Hills.


In 1850, Nathan B. Jones, a pioneer of 1847, settled at the head of Tanner Creek and platted lots for a community he called "Zion Town".[1] It is unknown if he named the place for Mount Zion, a summit located about a mile to the southeast.[1] Because the name "Zion" for a local post office would have caused confusion, as there had already been two post offices so-named in Oregon, a resident suggested the name "Sylvan", from the Roman deity of the woods Silvanus.[1] The office was established in 1890 and it closed in 1906.[1] Nathan B. Jones, who was considered an eccentric hermit, had wanted Zion Town to become the new capitol of Oregon.[1] He was murdered during the course of a robbery in 1894.[1] Sylvan post office was located at what today is the interchange of Sunset Highway, Scholls Ferry Road and Skyline Boulevard within the Portland city limits in Multnomah County.[2]


Schools that serve the neighborhood include Chapman Elementary School, West Sylvan Middle School, and Lincoln High School.

Parks and visitor attractions[edit]

The Portland Children's Museum, the Oregon Zoo and Washington Park are all located in the neighborhood.

Neighborhood organizations[edit]

The Sylvan-Highlands Neighborhood Association meets on the second Tuesday of odd numbered months.[citation needed] The association is a member of Neighbors West-Northwest.


  1. ^ a b c d e f McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 931. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  2. ^ "Sylvan Post Office (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. August 1, 1994. Retrieved December 2, 2015.

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Coordinates: 45°30′54″N 122°43′48″W / 45.515°N 122.730°W / 45.515; -122.730