Linn County sits mid-way through Oregon’s Willamette Valley, bordered by the gentle curves of the Willamette River on the west and north, the ridge of the Cascade Mountain Range on the east, and open farmland to the south. It’s more than 2,000 square miles full of scenic countryside and friendly small towns. When you’re in Albany, exploring the rest of the county is must-do.
Far before settlers from the eastern U.S. began crossing the plains in the 1840s, Linn County was home to bands of the Kalapuya people. Today, their descendants have joined with other tribes to form the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Displays telling the story of Linn County’s Native American history can be found at the Linn County Museum in Brownsville.
Settlers began arriving in Linn County in the early 1840s. Today visitors can explore an original hand-hewn log cabin dating from 1846 when they visit Kirk’s Ferry in Brownsville, see an authentically-restored pioneer era house when they visit the Monteith House in Albany, and a covered wagon that actually crossed the plains at the Linn County Museum.
Every place has its own claims to fame, but we can’t help thinking Linn County’s are especially worth a visit. Did you know that when you’re in Linn County, you can…
…eat a piece of the world’s largest strawberry shortcake?
…visit an art gallery made entirely of stone?
…see the spot where Oregon’s first airplane flight took place?
…see all the way to the bottom of a 200-foot-deep lake with a preserved underwater forest?
…discover petrified wood that’s 30 million years old?
The staff at the Albany Visitors Association can help you plan a trip to any of these quirky, unique-to-Linn-County attractions.
Fair and Expo Center
If you’re looking for a place to hold a meeting, event, or convention, the Linn County Fair and Expo Center can help. It’s been named the best meeting location in the Willamette Valley, and is home to equestrian events, dog shows, conventions and rallies of all kinds–not to mention a county-wide celebration, the annual Linn County Fair, every summer.
It’s a full-service facility with arenas, conference rooms, commercial kitchen, telecommunications and audio-visual capabilities, as well as lodging and parks located nearby. Convention guests at the Fair & Expo Center can receive a free shuttle service, provided by the City of Albany, from the Expo Center to downtown shops, restaurants, and museums. Contact convention center staff and see why Linn County has gained a reputation as centrally-located, friendly, and convenient place for meetings and events.
More Linn County Information
Visit Linn Coalition