Tigard is a busy, clean, and affordable suburb located in Washington County, just 10 miles southwest of the city of Portland. Tigard truly has something for everyone, from a charming downtown commercial stretch with a farmers market and one of the best malls in Oregon. Just minutes outside of Downtown Portland, Tigard offers opportunities for business and pleasure. Downtown Tigard is experiencing a renaissance of business and community involvement, with quaint antique shops, espresso bars and fashionable eateries lining Main Street. The City government's "open door" policy encourages citizens to attend weekly city council meetings and observe the four-member council and mayor make important decisions. Tigard is truly a family-oriented community. Neighborhoods revolve around the schools and parks, summer reading program for kids and teens are offered through the library, swimming programs are offered through the school district, and organized, professional daycare services are abundant at private facilities or on-site after school. With great dining, shopping, parks, libraries, and schools, Tigard is the perfect place to raise a family and explore the best that the Northwest has to offer.
As is the case with most towns in the fertile Willamette Valley, Tigard was originally settled by individual families. One of the most prominent families in the area was the Tigard family, headed by Wilson M. Tigard. The Tigards arrived in the area in 1852, when the surrounding land was known as "East Butte." The city was renamed "Tigardville" in 1886 to commemorate the efforts of the Tigard family in local business, government, and school development. In 1910, the arrival of the Oregon Electric Railway triggered the development of Main Street and pushed Tigardville from being merely a small farming community into a period of growth which would lead to its incorporation as a city in 1961. The town was renamed Tigard in 1907 by the railroad to greater distinguish it from the nearby Wilsonville. In the 1930s the streets and walks of Main Street were finally paved.
The John Tigard House, constructed by the son of Wilson M. Tigard in 1880 at the corner of SW Pacific Hwy and SW Gaarde St, is still standing as a testament to these early years, having been saved from demolition in the 1970s by the Tigard Area Historical and Preservation Association. It became registered as a National Historic Place in 1979, and now resides at the corner of SW Canterbury Lane and SW 103rd.
TIGARD REAL ESTATE AND HOME STYLES
In Tigard, community activity revolves around close-knit, family-oriented neighborhoods. There are many comfortable older neighborhoods in beautiful condition, and Tigard is growing by leaps and bounds. Lovely new homes and new neighborhoods are springing up in rapid progression. One of the fastest growing areas is beautiful Bull Mountain with a view of the Willamette Valley and the Cascade Range.
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City Festivals: Tigard is home to a variety of community festivals that bring families and adults together to enjoy the cultural and outdoor bounty of the region. Festivities include the Festival of Balloons held at Cook Park as part of the Portland Rose Festival, 4th of July fireworks at the Tigard High School stadium and the annual Downtown Tree Lighting that takes place the first weekend in December. The City of Tigard also hosts a three-day Family Festival in September that boasts events for the whole family, including a 5k Fun Run/Walk and a fireworks display. Events take place in downtown Tigard and at the Tigard Public Library.
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