As some of you may know, I am taking a leadership program through the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. It has given me a chance to meet some great people who are a part of the program, as well as meet some of the facilitators who are leaders of the community now.
This month’s activity was a day filled with a ton of great information about the history of Tigard, Cook park, Bull Mountain and the SW metro area;
Tigard was first incorporated in 1961 because the citizens (population of about 1000) voted to entrust a city entity to care for their sewer system. It was first named East Butte (for it’s hilly terrain and being on the east side of the butte area for voting precincts).
Pioneer John Tigard decided to open a general store in the 1880’s called the Tigardville General Store, it sat on the corner of 99 W and McDonald, on the corner of O’l McDonald’s Farmland…. inside the general store was a small desk, it represented the first post office in the East Butte area. When people mailed stuff there, they needed a name to put in the for the city, so they started addressing it to the store as the city: “Tigardville”
In the 1890’s the first electric train came through the NW, it made stops to downtown Portland, Tigardville, and Wilsonville. The guys on the trains weren’t always keen enough to see the difference in names between Tigardville and Wilsonville, making many mistakes and causing delays in deliveries. They soon decided to shorten Tigardville to its now known Tigard.
About that time, Bull Mountain was being nicknamed that for its wild cattle being spotted occasionally. The story goes….Pioneer Ewing, a cattle herder and businessman, had bought and owned all the cattle from Portland to the small inlet city a days ride north, called Seattle. He refused to sell any cattle to anyone, owning the monopoly and gaining wealth from leasing his head of cattle for grazing. Fed up with this an an option, a small group of farmers traveled to California and drove up a herd of cattle, as the crossed the Tualatin river, headed to Tigard, a few cattle got loose and were never found. They were said to be seen along where is now known as Bull Mountain until the late 1800’s.
Cook Park was named after John E Cook, ex-Mayor of the early 1980’s. He was present for the incorporation of Tigard, and was one of three members of the parks committee. He was a key figure in finding the property, negotiating it’s release from Washington County to the City, a major player in the clean-up after the infamous Columbus Day storm in the late 1960’s and the park was subsequently named after him for all his efforts. His son is now the current mayor of Tigard
Want to know about Tigard from Ethan Frelly, local Tigard Resident, expert and Realtor, call 503-218-3838