Damascus is entering a period of transformation from a more rural community into a more urban city. Nestled within buttes adorned with evergreens and stunning views of Mt. Hood and the Clackamas River Damascus offers venues for year-round outdoor recreational opportunities and community gatherings.
November 2 2014 marked Damascus’ 10-year anniversary as an incorporated city. The City embraces its mission to work alongside its citizens to provide a complete community where people can live work shop play and learn. The Damascus City Council and staff continue to work closely with the citizens of Damascus and regional partners to develop a city following sustainable development practices which protect the wealth of natural resources in the area and nurtures a viable visitor-friendly community while defending the property rights of its citizens.
Visitors from around the world are attracted to the sheer beauty of this quaint community nestled in forested buttes enriched with farmlands nurseries and home-based businesses. Exceptional views of Mt. Hood greet visitors as they travel eastbound through Damascus. To the southwest travelers and residents alike enjoy the Clackamas River renowned for its salmon and steelhead fishing and great rafting opportunities. Visitors will experience a welcoming friendly atmosphere as they patronize local shops businesses and restaurants.
On a historical note one of the largest Centennial celebrations in Oregon was held in Damascus in 1959 to celebrate Oregon’s 100th birthday. Some of the attractions included the “Three B’s Barbeque” featuring bear beef and buffalo which was offered for 50 cents a plate. This event was reportedly attended by 85000 people. Parking was provided by three parking lots totaling 36 acres and capable of holding a total of 45000 cars. Additionally a horse parade was held during the Centennial which reportedly included approximately 1000 horses.
City of Damascus: 503-658-8545 www.damascusoregon.gov
North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce: 503-654-7777 www.yourchamber.com