Business View Civil & Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 11

106 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 11 SHERWOOD, Oregon I n 1843, the first wagon train arrived in what is now Sherwood, Oregon. Originally inhabited by the Tualatin tribe of the Kalapuya Native Americans, the next 10 years saw the first settlers farming the land and building log homes from the dense forest surroundings. Relying on the land for survival, farmers made a biannual trip to nearby Portland for supplies. At the time this was a three-day journey, a contrast from the 25-minute commute of today. Through the years, Sherwood has grown from a small town to a thriving 4.5 sq. mile city with a population of 20,000 and manufacturing taking the lead as the main source of employment. Sitting on the southwest edge of the Portland Metro Area, this award-winning community is known for family-focused neighborhoods, quality schools, parks, and trails. Sherwood Mayor Keith Mays shares, “We regularly rank in the top communities of our size nationally for quality of life, public safety, and great places to raise a family.” Downtown Sherwood, known as Old Town, was the heartbeat of the community for a long time. Although fire destroyed many of its historic buildings, there has been BLAZING TRAILS FOR THE FUTURE