Molalla is located 30 miles southeast of Portland and is a rural community of about 8100 residents. Legend explains that the town grew from two Native American trails one running east-west and the other heading north-south. Today that crossing is the intersection of Molalla Avenue and Main Street. Which provides the origin of the city’s four quadrants. Lumber became the community’s largest commodity over the years until the 1980’s. However, Christmas trees are still a significant contributor to the local economy today.
The city has focused on diversifying its economic base in recent years with manufacturing and commercial investments. Residents and tourists enjoy the abundance of outdoor recreation. Fishing, hunting, kayaking, rafting, camping and horseback riding are a few favorites. Every year the Molalla Buckeroo professional rodeo and the Ross Coleman Invitational draw top-ranked cowboys in from across the county providing great bull riding action for spectators.
City of Molalla: 503-829-6855 www.cityofmolalla.com
Molalla Area Chamber of Commerce: 503-829-6941 www.molallachamber.com