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Merkley, Bonamici wish Tualatin a happy 100th


Lawmakers visit Tualatin Farmers Market

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Rep. Susan Bonamici Sen. Jeff Merkly and Councilor Frank Bubenik lcongratulate Tualatin on its centennial at the Tualatin Farmers Market, July 26. As the city gears up for the annual Crawfish Festival next week — the crowning celebration of its centennial year — two legislators dropped by to wish Tualatin a happy 100th birthday.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

(D-Oregon 1st Congressional District) stopped by the farmers market at the Lake of the Commons to sample local organic offerings on Friday, taking the time to speak with vendors set up around the lake. After opening statements by Councilor Frank Bubenik, Merkley presented the city with a Congressional record plaque, which bore Bonamici's statements to Congress, recalling Tualatin's founding, first as Galbreath in 1853, then its humble beginnings as a “rural suburb” and its growth into a “vibrant urban city that supports 27,000 residents and 20,000 jobs.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley chats with Tualatin Chamber representatives Brian and Carolyn Horn during a visit to the Tualatin Farmers Market on Friday.Bonamici praised Tualatin’s high standard of living, adding, “Throughout the last 100 years, the leaders and citizens of Tualatin have made invaluable contributions to the Portland metropolitan area and to the state of Oregon as a whole.”

Tualatin was incorporated as a city on Aug. 18, 1913, after a close and contentious vote. The decision was due in large part to a 1904 statewide law that allowed each county in Oregon to designate itself as either “wet” or “dry.” Washington County elected to allow liquor to be sold, and influential founders, like sawmill owner John L. Smith, argued that the ability to serve alcohol would make Tualatin a more attractive stop on the railroad that had just been established between Portland and Salem.

A margin of 10 votes sealed Tualatin’s fate as an incorporated city in August 1913.