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Living in Corvallis Oregon - EVERYTHING You Need to Know

Park in Corvallis Oregon

Are you Living in or Considering Moving to Corvallis, Oregon?

Nestled in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley is the city of Corvallis, the county seat of Benton County. The town is situated in the central part of western Oregon at the confluence of the Willamette and Mary's Rivers, approximately 83 miles south of Portland, 47 miles north of Eugene and Springfield, and 30 miles south of the state capital of Salem. Incorporated as a city in 1857, the city's roots trace back to 1845 when Joseph C. Avery made the first official claim to land in this area. Originally called Marysville, Corvallis was renamed in 1853 to avoid confusion with Marysville, California. Avery is credited with coming up with Corvallis as the city's new name, which he derived from a compounding of a Latin phrase meaning "heart of the valley."

Corvallis is home to Oregon State University, which also happens to be the city's largest employer. Another large employer in Corvallis is Hewlett-Packard Corporation, whose printer cartridge manufacturing and prototyping facility are located in the city's northeast part. Corvallis was the birthplace of computer ink jet printing technology by Hewlett-Packard. Highways in the city include U.S. Route 20 and Oregon State Highways 34 and 99W. About 10 miles east of the town is the city of Albany and also Interstate 5, which provides access to the larger towns of Eugene, Salem, and Portland.

There are a large variety of things to do in Corvallis.  Corvallis and its surrounding area have more than 50 parks and designated wildlife preserves. One of the largest is Riverfront Commemorative Park, which runs along the Willamette River on the eastern edge of downtown Corvallis. Established as a "Bike-Friendly City," Corvallis boasts miles of bike paths and trails.  The Benton County Historical Museum houses an extensive collection of materials relating to the county's history. The Opera Theater Corvallis, founded in 1991, is involved in many community events, including ballet, lectures, and full-scale operatic productions. Day trips can be made to several interesting nearby attractions, including Alsea Falls (25 miles south of Corvallis) for fishing or picnicking, Mary's Peak (16 miles west of Corvallis), the highest peak in the Coast Range Mountains, and the Peavy Arboretum (8 miles north of Corvallis). Wineries are abundant in the area, and several are located off Highway 99W close to Corvallis.

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