Description - Dr. John McLoughlin, often called the "Father of Oregon," was prominent in the development of the Pacific Northwest as the Chief Factor of Fort Vancouver from 1825-1846. He settled in Oregon City when he retired from the Hudson's Bay Company.
McLoughlin built himself a new career promoting the economic prosperity of the territory he had helped to establish. In 1851, he took American citizenship and served as the mayor of Oregon City. He and his wife Marguerite were known for their hospitality and generous support of those in the community. A supporter of small business as a means for helping emigrants become established, McLoughlin loaned money for commercial ventures and himself owned sawmills, a gristmill, a granary, a general store, and a shipping concern. He also donated land for schools and churches.
- McLoughlin National Historic Site includes the house where Dr. John McLoughlin lived from 1847 to 1857.
Also located at the McLoughlin National Historic Site is the Barclay House, built in 1849 by Dr. Forbes Barclay, who was the physician at Fort Vancouver from 1840 to 1850. He moved to Oregon City after he retired from the Hudson's Bay Company, and was a prominent local citizen who held a number of public offices.
The houses are open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Group tours may be scheduled by calling the Mcloughlin House NHS office. There is a small entrance fee.
In addition to the McLoughlin National Historic Site, Oregon City offers a number of museums as well as many beautiful old homes.
Recreation - Viewing John McLoughlin's House is the main activity at the Historic Site.
Climate - When you visit McLoughlin House National Historic Site, expect cool and rainy fall, winter and spring weather. Summers are warm and the driest time of the year. Wear comfortable sportswear with rain protection in fall, winter and spring, and comfortable walking shoes at all times.
McLoughlin House Historic Site is located at 713 Center Street in Oregon City, Oregon. Historic Oregon City is found south of Portland, off I-205 along the Willamette River.