In 1886, the Portland & Willamette Railway Company purchased a right-of-way through John Sweek's land on the Tualatin River's west bank. Profiting from the sale, Sweek took advantage of the railroad's location and platted a town around the depot – calling it Tualatin. The city was incorporated in 1913, and despite its sleepy history it has awakened to dramatic growth and change over the last 30 years.
Tualatin is a vibrant suburban city of 27,000 people located 12 miles south of Portland. This town offers the luxury of a quiet community with easy access to Portland, Mount Hood, the Oregon Coast and the Columbia and the Clackamas River. There are numerous planned neighborhoods with homes that range in style and characteristics. Residents can walk their dogs or participate in recreational sport teams at the many public parks situated throughout the city.
The Tualatin School District offers residents a great public education from Elementary through High School.
For most of its history, what Tualatin lacked was a proper downtown. So in 1985, its urban renewal agency bought 19 acres in the town's core and set about building the downtown it never had. The result is Tualatin Commons, a 3-acre man-made lake surrounded by a hotel, restaurants, office buildings, apartments, condos and shops. Residents stroll around the lake and enjoy outdoor concerts every Friday night in July and August.
Tualatin has more than 200 acres of parks, trails, natural areas and an active tree preservation and planting program that earned Tualatin the nickname "Tree City, U.S.A." The Tualatin River meanders through town at an unhurried pace, carrying canoes and kayaks along its tree-lined expanse. In addition, the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish and plants.