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The City is looking to reopen the door to its past in the historic but underutilized section of West Linn near the Arch Bridge. We want to bring people and businesses back and showcase the natural beauty of the area.

This project will create a viable master plan and implementation strategy for the Arch Bridge/Bolton area that is at the heart of West Linn. In fact, the Bolton Neighborhood is called the "heart of West Linn" in the 2006 neighborhood plan.

We have included the community throughout this entire planning process and don’t want the input, ideas and suggestions to stop.

Since we are reinventing this section of the city, we feel it deserves a new name and we want you to help name it.

 

Some history:

In May 1913, the West Side Improvement Club met in the parlors of the Oregon City Commercial Club and vote 50 to 7 in favor of incorporating the districts of West Oregon City, Bolton, Sunset and Willamette. They cited the need for utilities and other improvements.

Mr. B.T. McBain, representative of the Crown Columbia Paper Company, offered $5 for the bet name for the proposed town.

Suggested names were: Belvidere, Birmingham, Dale, Fallsview, Firland, Fir City, Harriman, Hoodview, Hillmount, Lee McBain City, McBainville, Mill Falls, Millbrook, Millsboro, Millsburg, Moonlight, Oakwood, Oregon View, Parkfalls, Richmond, Rosedale, Rosemere, Rose City, Rosecliff, Sunset City, Sunnyside, Strahorn, Twilight, Westlynn, Willamette Links, Wiloreton and Woodrow.

Originally, all suggested names were voted down, then they reconsidered and settled on Millsburg.

After a week of argument because few people liked the name Millsburg, the name of the new city was changed to West Linn on June 27, 1913. The name was selected to honor the old pioneer town of Linn City. Incorporation papers were presented to the county court and incorporation occurred Aug. 15, 1913.

 

We trust the community of West Linn can come up with a great name we can all agree on, something our ancestors 100 years ago couldn’t do.

This section of West Linn is among the city’s oldest with a rich history and we want the new name to reflect the old along with the new.

Things we will be considering during the selection process include:

  • What is the name’s origin?
  • What is the meaning of the name?
  • What is the significance of the name?
  • How does the name relate to the planning area?

A committee will be formed to narrow down the names and consider public input to make a final selection.

 

How to participate:

Leave a comment with your nomination and (if you wish) a compelling argument for your name. See a name in the comments that you like? Vote for it by giving it a thumbs up. Please be respectful with your comments, we reserve the right to remove any inappropriate remarks. All suggestions will be accepted until Oct. 31.