Scio Oregon

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Chances are good that you've never heard of Scio, Oregon--population 600. It's a lovely and friendly little town about 25 miles from the state capital in the heart of the fertile Willamette Valley. The valley, home to the vast majority of Oregon residents since the first settlers made their way down through the Cascade mountains in 1846, lies between the Coastal and the Cascade Mountains, barely an hour from the Pacific Coast. It's a wonderful place to call home in a state that boasts only 35 people per square mile.

Living in Scio, Oregon

From Portland and Mount Hood--the state's highest peak at a majestic and often cloud-wrapped 11,239 feet--in the north to Crater Lake in the south, the attractions and pace of Oregon are a welcome respite. Scio, Oregon itself lies in the heart of Willamette Valley's covered bridge and wine districts. Incorporated in 1866, it is the 10th oldest town in the state. It took its original name from the Santiam River, which lies about seven miles to the west, and no one knows how it came to be renamed for the Ohio town of Scio.

If you're looking for property and a place to call home, this closely knit community some 58 miles south of Portland is a good choice. With a small but strong school district of 650 students, Scio, Oregon offers a taste of an America a little hard to find in the frantic tempo and technology of the 21st century. It's worth a good hard look.

Home to the Northwest Championship Sheep Dog trial each fall, as well as to the 68-year-old Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair, Scio is convenient to many other Willamette Valley attractions. It's also a convenient commute to Salem, some 25 miles away, and Albany, about 17 miles away. Other nearby towns include Lebanon, Corvallis, and Sweet Home.

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