Clackamas County was named after the Clackamas Indians. Since the county's creation, agriculture, timber, manufacturing and commerce have been the principal economic activities. Originally named Clackamas District, it was one of the four original Oregon districts created in 1843, along with Twality (now Washington), Champooick (now Marion) and Yamhill. The four districts were re-designated as counties in 1845. The city of Clackamas is located within Clackamas County.
Clackamas’ breathtaking beauty, clean, green environment and friendly people are just a few of the reasons to live in this peaceful setting. Located just minutes from Portland, residents utilize the resources of a major metropolis, while preserving a small-town lifestyle with a population of a little over 5,000 residents. Clackamas is a community of a variety of homes, townhomes and condos.
Even though Clackamas is a small town, one of Oregon's largest malls, Clackamas Town Center, is nearby. In 2007 the mall received a renovation and currently features 40 new stores, restaurants and a movie theater. The Oregon Military Museum, built in 1974, is located at Camp Withycombe and is a tribute to Oregonians who serve in the military.
Barton Park is considered by some to be the best site on the mid-Clackamas River for fishing, where steelhead, trout or salmon could be the highlight of your camping feast. There are also facilities available for softball, volleyball and horseshoes, and the playground will keep youngsters entertained for hours. Rafting is also very popular and the river is exceptionally beautiful with rapids that are mild enough for rafters of all abilities.