Introduction to Independence, Oregon
Independence, Oregon, in Polk county, is 9 miles SW of Salem, Oregon and 52 miles SW of Portland, Oregon.
Independence was founded in the 1840s. It was named after Independence, Missouri, from where the early settlers migrated. Elvin A. Thorp arrived in the city in 1845 and platted a small town site here, which he called Thorp's Town of Independence. The city was incorporated in 1884. In its early years, Independence served as an important river landing.
Independence and nearby Attractions
- Independence Heritage Museum
- Thrill-Ville U.S.A. Amusement Park
- Enchanted Forest
- Hallie Ford Museum of Art
- Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
- A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village
Things To Do In Independence
Riverview City Park, Pfaff Park, Henry Hill Park, Mountain Fir Park and Pioneer Park offer facilities for outdoor recreation to the residents of Independence. The Independence Heritage Museum provides insight into the area;s history. The city also offers easy access to the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, the Willamette Mission State Park, the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge and the Maud Williamson State Park.
Portland International is the nearest major airport.
Independence Higher Education
Western Oregon University, Oregon State University and Willamette University offer courses in higher education.