History of Forest Grove, Oregon

This wiki contains notes and information pertaining to the history of Forest Grove, Oregon and surrounding communities which include Banks, Blooming, Buxton, Carnation, Cherry Grove, Cornelius, Dairy Creek, Dilley, Gales Creek, Gaston, Glenwood, Greenville, Hayward, Hillside, Laurelwood, Manning, Roy, Thatcher and Verboort. Information provided comes from the Eric G. Stewart (EGS) Collection, housed at Forest Grove City Library (FGL).

1 Essays
2 Links
3 Oral Histories
4 Organizations
5 Research
6 Timelines
7 Travel


These essays were found in the EGS Collection, in the library's vertical files, or were donated by local scholars.

Please also see the local history index for the Oregon Historical Quarterly, for a list of OHQ papers on the topic of local history: OHQ articles on FG & Local History.


These links are great online resources to find information on Forest Grove and surrounding communities.

Oral Histories

In 1982, FGL staff, then working for Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) Outreach to Elders and Handicapped, conducted an oral history project that culminated in the publication of a book called "Our Yesterdays: Oregon Life Journeys," based on a Washington County oral history project. See Our Yesterdays.

In 1994, local historians and Forest Grove City Library staff created a project called "Telling Our Story, Honoring the Past: The History of the Forest Grove City Library." Below are the transcriptions of the oral histories conducted on history of Forest Grove and the library.

For more library history, see the Forest Grove Library History page.


Here are places to do local historical research on the history of Forest Grove and surrounding communities.


Here is the information researchers have found using the Eric G. Stewart Collection at Forest Grove City Library.

Research topics and subtopics (alphabetical)



Visitors to Forest Grove can access a Historic Walking Tour and other local information using these links: