The original inhabitants of this part of the fertile Willamette Valley were the Kalapuya, a Native American tribe, and they called this area Tekenah, a word describing the deep pool where the Calapooia River meets the Willamette River. Brothers Walter and Thomas Monteith settled in the area in 1847 after traveling by ox team over the Oregon Trail from their native state of New York, and they named the city after their hometown. Incorporated in 1864, the city is the county seat of Linn County. The arrival of the first train in 1871 was celebrated as the greatest event in Albany's history. Albany businessmen raised $50,000 to ensure that the rails would be built through the city instead of bypassing it a few miles eastward. As stagecoaches and steamboats gave way to the railroad, trains brought the farmers' markets closer to the city. The world's longest wooden railroad drawbridge was built in 1888 for the Albany-Corvallis run, and by 1910, 28 passenger trains departed daily from Albany going in five different directions.
History buffs in particular will enjoy exploring Albany, as the city is home to more than 700 historic buildings! The city’s Monteith, Hackleman, and Downtown Commercial Districts are each listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and historic neighborhoods include every major architectural style popular in the United States since 1850! Visitors can see everything from colorful and turreted Queen Anne Victorian homes -- the “painted ladies” of historic homes -- to Craftsman Bungalows, which feature an array of natural materials. Attractions include interesting museums, art galleries, covered bridges, gardens, and over 30 parks! Restaurants serve fresh, local foods and wines, and the annual Veterans Day Parade is the largest west of the Mississippi!
When you have the chance, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the scenic town of Albany. Hotels in the area allow you to stay conveniently close by to where you want to be. When you stay at Choice Hotels, you can enjoy affordable rates, many amenities, and friendly service. Reserve your room today! We look forward to hosting you soon!
Albany, OR, US, 97322
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