McLoughlin Blvd: why it is named that and how important the man behind the name was to Oregon!

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty LLC 200311024

Dr. John McLoughlinIn the 1800’s, Oregon was just a territory and its future was still up in the air. But many man and women took the trek from the east to west coast along the Oregon Trail and one of those men was John McLoughlin who later became a Doctor John McLoughlin.

Doctor John McLoughlin came to Oregon and built Fort Vancouver and later became known as the father of Oregon as he implemented so many trades with the Indians and helped build what Oregon became so well known for.

Doctor McLoughlin owned the general store at the end of the Oregon Trail where many settlers bought or traded for their first supplies upon arriving in the west. But, he is also been reported to have built the first sawmill in the Pacific Northwest, and until the 80’s, that is what drove both Oregon and Washington’s economy.

I was amazed at all this man did in his life. I didn’t realize how much he did for Oregon until we went to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City, so I decided to look up more information on him and realized that I was still reading some 3 hours later. If you are a kid in school today and want to do a report on a person that you won’t have any problem finding lots of information on, and will make it an easy report for you, I suggest you check out the hardly ever talked about Doctor John McLoughlin. I sure wish I had learned about him in school as he really was a fascinating man and well worthy of the street named after him.

Todd Clark - Broker / Marketing Coach
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Todd Clark is a licensed Realtor who specializing in Washington County, Oregon and also works both Clackamas and Multnomah Counties including the cities of Aloha, Beaverton, Canby, Clackamas, Gladstone, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Sherwood and Tigard.
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Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


Very Cool....I think the road off the highway where we stayed was part of the Oregon Trail...that was amazing..

Aug 04, 2010 05:54 PM
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Early Oregon history is full of the stories of fearless, enterprising people.  John McLoughlin is but one.  But he is one of the most important.

Aug 05, 2010 12:03 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Very cool tidbit of information. To still be reading about him after 3 hours, there must have been quite a bit.

Aug 05, 2010 11:30 AM
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Todd I often wonder who are some of the people the streets in my area are named after.  I wonder what they did for the community.

Aug 05, 2010 02:35 PM
Tom Priester
Paradise Sharks - Jupiter, FL
Paradise Sharks

Todd, thank you for sharing this information. I am always interested to see how the markets are behaving in other parts of the country. I hope your business is booming in Beaverton. Cheers!

Aug 05, 2010 10:45 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

I really had no clue how much he really had done for Oregon until I read everything they had on him. I now know why they called him the father of Oregon.

Nov 06, 2010 12:43 PM