Monroe Oregon

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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The small town of Monroe, Oregon sits just over the Benton county line from Linn County on the west side of the Willamette River. A quiet, friendly, rural community, Monroe's population is barely 600. Lying on Route 99W just nine miles north of Junction City--where Route 99 splits to its east and west forks, Monroe is within 65 miles of Oregon's rugged and picturesque coast. If the idea of a small town in the midst of a rich historic valley appeals to you, you might want to look at Monroe, Oregon.

Despite being such a small community, Monroe is home to its own vineyard, established in 1976 on 26 acres by Dan and Christine Jepson. This winery in the foothills of the Coastal Range produces several estate bottled vintages. Among them are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurtztraminer, and Pinot Noir.

Monroe is also home to a splendid 7,000-hole golf course, Diamond Woods, that opened in 1998. Host to the OSU Men's Golf Invitational Tournament, Diamond Woods is neighbor to Lane County's Fiddler's Green course, just 20 minutes down the road into Lane County. Certainly you couldn't ask for a more picturesque environment for eighteen holes of fine golf, with the Coastal Range to the west and the magnificent Cascades to the east and the valley stretching north in between.

Monroe, Oregon in Context

In the heart of Willamette Valley, Monroe is just close enough to the main north-south valley artery--Interstate 5--to be convenient to many surrounding towns and cities. Eugene is the largest nearby city, some 22 miles to the south. Corvallis, home to Oregon State University, is just 18 miles north. All in all, you might find that Monroe, Oregon is the ideal place to live.

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