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History of 3rd Street

On an early spring day in 1844, a solitary man astride a horse traversed a well worn Indian trail in search of an ideal spot to settle in the new Oregon country. After he had crossed a clear stream which was later to bear his name, and had traveled some distance through a dense stand of timber, 26 year old John Gordon Baker emerged into a clearing of rolling meadows where lush, waist-high grass waved gently in the Oregon breeze.

He reined to a halt, and surveyed the scene with a practiced eye. Here was everything for which he had been searching. Water, wood, and pasture were readily available. The rich soil and rolling contour of the land assured excellent crops. Little did he realize that these meadows were soon to form the foundation for the thriving community of McMinnville.

Closely following Baker’s footsteps was William T. Newby. Newby had been a traveling companion of Baker in the Great Migration of 1843, and he took up a claim immediately to the south of Baker’s. It was on this claim that the city proceeded to grow.

Samuel Cozine, another of the immigrants in the 1843 wagon train, settled to the south of Newby. After his marriage to Mahala Arthur, whom he had courted on the trip across the plains, Cozine opened a blacksmith shop near the original site of Linfield College. Soon other members of the 1843 Great Migration and subsequent wagon trains came rolling to a stop around their friends and acquaintances. (Dorothy Gunness, 1976)

In 1853, Newby erected a gristmill at the west end of the path that was to become Third Street and beyond the site of the present city library. Construction of the mill, which became the hub of activity for the area, was the biggest factor in the establishment of a town at this location. In 1856, with the assistance of Sebastian Adams, a surveyor and teacher, the original town site was platted on a portion of Newby’s land. McMinnville was incorporated as a town in 1876 and enjoyed steady growth. By 1892 the city boasted two public schools, two banks, two flour mills, two newspapers, five churches, a county courthouse, and a college. By 1900, the town had extended its boundaries to encompass more than thirty times its original platted site, and the population had grown to over 1,400.

Between the years 1885 and 1912, most of the historic Third Street business structures were built. They were constructed primarily of brick and were the successors of the town’s earlier wooden business structures. Building activity peaked in 1928, with McMinnville’s commercial center extending from City Park on the west to the railroad tracks on the east.

Throughout the years, McMinnville has continued to expand while remaining sensitive to its history and the buildings associated with its past. Many of the buildings from that era are still intact today for you to enjoy as you stroll through historic downtown McMinnville.

The McMinnville Downtown Association works to promote and enhance our historic downtown as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community.

Upcoming Events

May

12

Opening May 12 through October 13 • Join us every Thursday from 1–6PM!

Jul

12

Currents Gallery in McMinnville is pleased, once again, to feature the work of Ann Durley, one of the gallery's owners and one of the most popular and well-beloved artists in our community.

 

Jul

28

* You won't want to miss this year's Concerts on the Plaza Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville *

US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Jul

29

The IPNC is a three-day event, famous around the globe, as a mecca for lovers of Pinot Noir and Northwest cuisine.

Aug

04

* You won't want to miss this year's Concerts on the Plaza Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville *

US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Aug

11

* You won't want to miss this year's Concerts on the Plaza Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville *

US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Aug

13

Harvest Fest presented by the Yamhill County Historical Society

 

Aug

13

The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon returns to the Yamhill Valley on August 13th. The race begins at 7 a.m. Sunday at Stoller Vineyards.

Aug

20

Enjoy viewing local art works, shopping and sipping our fabulous wines!

Aug

25

THE  7th ANNUAL DRAGGING THE GUT FESTIVALThursday, Friday & Saturday, August 25–27, 2016 in Downtown McMinnville. For more info: Webpage: http://www.draggingthegut.com/#!Facebook group: http://www.IDraggedTheGut.com/

Aug

26

August 26th - 28th, : a food & wine event that celebrates Yamhill’s vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and sustainable family farms. BOYC is a project of, and a fundraiser for, the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES). While the event shines a spotlight on our dynamic culinary scene, it’s also the primary fundraiser for the cultural projects YES supports in Yamhill ...

Aug

28

Join in the fun! McMinnville Sunrise Rotary Bocce Ball Tournament

 

Sep

09

Oregon Brews & BBQs

Oregon Mutual Insurance | McMinnville

This is an annual event that benefits St. James Catholic School and Ghana Hope (an outreach of Willamette Medical) equally and features wonderful Oregon beers, local barbeque and live music.

Oregon Mutual Insurance
Oregon Mutual Insurance 97128 400 NE Baker St, McMinnville, OR 97128

Sep

17

Over 100 quilts on display from the YCHS collection and local quilt guilds, appraisal faire, vintage and collectible vendors, food, music and more!

Sep

17

Enjoy viewing local art works, shopping and sipping our fabulous wines!

Sep

23

Sabor Latino de Yamhill County

Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus

The McMinnville Latino Advocacy Coalition invites you to the Sabor Latino de Yamhill County! Friday, Sept. 23 6–8PM and Saturday, Sept. 24 10–6PM at the Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus288 NE Norton Ln The event is free and open to the public. Families are welcome!
Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus
Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus 97128 288 NE Norton Ln, McMinnville, OR 97128

Sep

30

Oct

28

Oct

31

What would Halloween be without costumes and treats?!

Nov

25

Start the holiday off right with Santa's Parade in downtown McMinnville!

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