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Albany Oregon History

Albany's Historic Homes
Albany is very proud of its architectural heritage.  There are more architectural styles in a smaller area of Albany than any comparable place in Oregon. In the Monteith District alone there are 13 distinct architectural styles. This website highlights the architectural styles and homes found within the Monteith (westside) and Hackleman (eastside) Historic Districts in downtown Albany.

Albany Timeline

Boston Mill Society
The Boston Mill Society is working to preserve the Boston/Thompson mill properties as a center to interpret the agricultural, commercial, industrial, and social life of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Boston/Thompson Mills is Oregon's oldest continuously operating water powered mill, one of four remaining grist mills in the state, and one of only two mills still in operation. It is an integral part of the history of Linn County and the Willamette Valley.

Flinn's Dinner Theater
Located in Historic Downtown Albany, Flinn's Dinner Theater is a non-profit corporation that creates and produces all of it's own historical plays. Most of these productions take place in Flinn's Living History Theater on the second floor of the Historic Flinn Block, West 222 First Ave.

Historic Flinn Block
The Historic Flinn Block was built in 1887 to house Albany's first bank, the Albany National Bank.  The 5,000 sq. ft. second floor was occupied mostly by the prominent attorneys in town.  When constructed the architects of the day considered it's cast iron facade to be the best outside of New York. But, about 1909 a roof fire so weakened the two 30 foot towers on the corners that it was necessary to remove them.

History of Albany High School
From a small log cabin to the present brick building of modern architecture, the youth of this community have come and gone and the educational facilities have been developed and improved to benefit the young men and women of the classes of today and tomorrow. On this fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Albany High School in 1895, it is fitting that we reminisce of the early years and recall some of the colorful memories that mark Albany's progress in the educational field.

Linn County History
Oregon State Archives links for Linn County

Montieth House
The Monteith House, the first frame structure built in Albany in 1849, is one of the most authentically restored homes in Oregon. It is now a house museum, where visitors can see the pioneer kitchen Christine Monteith used to prepare meals or the original piano brought by covered wagon to help make the wilderness a bit more civilized.

Old Post Office of Albany
A directorate issued January 8, 1850 established a post office in Albany, Oregon, with John Burkhart as the first Postmaster. (There is some dispute about this statement. Some records indicate that James P. Miller was the first postmaster, but other records show that he was made Postmaster until January 3, 1852. We are trusting a letter in our possession from the Washington, DC Post Office Department dated November 18, 1949 which gives Burkhart precedence.) The office was located in a store on the north side of West First Ave.

 

 


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Riverside Cemetery 
The Riverside Cemetery Directory was compiled in the early 1980s as an Eagle Scout project under the direction of Joel Christensen. Under Joel's direction, a group of dedicated Boy Scouts recorded the names directly from the stones in the Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Oregon. The scouts recorded over 5,100 names which were typed into a computer directly from their recording sheets. The computer then produced a sorted alphabetized surname listing.

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