Hillsboro Oregon
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Hillsboro, Oregon has old fashioned charm, yet is only 20 minutes away from the big city amenities of Portland. It offers a variety of parks, fairs, historical places and rural beauty that can appeal to any visitor's taste. Hillsboro is the government seat of Washington County, a fast growing area of Oregon. But, people there still share a smile and extend a friendly welcome to visitors.

Hillsboro's downtown area is also a unique blend of old and new buildings. The historic Washington County Courthouse, with its stately sequoia trees, is across the street from the modern Civic Center, which was designed to be a people friendly gathering area. The Civic Center, which is part of Hillsboro's vision for its community's future, incorporates environmentally friendly construction and design with many beautiful artistic features, both inside and outside of the facility. The Hillsboro Saturday Farmers' Market is held May through October on the streets around the Courthouse and Civic Center.

Hillsboro is one of Oregon's centers of high technology. Most of Hillsboro's commercial industry is done in park like industrial campus settings designed to blend in with the countryside. Companies such as Intel, Planar Systems, FEI and others offer opportunities for career and community growth. The local airport provides services to large companies that operate their own commercial air fleets.

Hillsboro is located in the middle of the warm, temperate Tualatin Valley, equidistant between the Cascade Range and the Pacific Ocean. Residents here have access to wind sailing in the Columbia River Gorge, year-round skiing on Mt. Hood, and the spectacular Oregon beaches, all only about an hour away.

Being close to Portland means that Hillsboro residents can enjoy all of the urban fun, such as the Rose Festival, the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, the Portland Trailblazers in the Rose Garden Arena, and many other attractions. Trimet's MAX light rail system makes traveling to and from Portland easy. Board the train in downtown Hillsboro, and the line goes through Beaverton to downtown Portland. At the downtown Portland bus mall, buses, streetcars, trolleys and the MAX light rail are available for destinations throughout the metropolitan area, including the Portland International Airport and Gresham.

There are several country wineries to visit in the Hillsboro area. Oak Knoll Winery, located on SW Burkhalter Road, specializes in Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Niagara wines, as well as Frambosia, a raspberry dessert wine. Wine tasting and a picnic area are available for visitors. For more information, contact Oak Knoll Winery, (503) 648-8198.

The historic Old Scotch Church, organized in 1873 by twelve Scottish settlers from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is one of the oldest continuously used churches in Oregon. The eight sided steeple is architecturally unique, and the church is one of the most photographed in Oregon. Many of Oregon's pioneers, including mountain man Joe Meek, have been buried in the church cemetery. To arrange a tour, contact (503) 648-9573.

Hillsboro, where yesterday and tomorrow, pioneer churches and high-tech industry, small town charm and busy shopping centers all come together, is a great place to visit and live. Come and see for yourself!

 


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    Hillsboro's Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is an 710 acre open space wetlands wildlife preserve. The Preserve is a leader in using wetlands to preserve water quality. The Preserve features a wetlands education center with a wildlife observation deck, an interactive learning center and several miles of hiking trails through different types of gardens. Some of the different kinds of birds seen at the Preserve are bald eagles, ospreys, pheasants, kingfishers, swallows and woodpeckers. A bird checklist is available at the education center.


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