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Mar 08

Beaverton Turns 125!

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 9:33 AM by Cynthia Rozanc

Beaverton Billie holding cakes and balloons while wishing Beaverton a Happy Birthday!Beaverton is celebrating a milestone this year. Our great city is turning 125 years old!

Beaverton was incorporated on February 10, 1893. Did you know that it was founded on the same day as both Cornelius and Sherwood? What a trifecta!

Early settlers came to Beaverton from all over and many had a difficult journey to get here. Ensuring that residents and visitors are able to move around the city easily no matter their mode of transportation continues to be a focus for the city.

The city will also continue to prioritize affordable living for all residents. Housing is also a 2018 city priority. Continued support of diversity, equity and inclusion is another 2018 city priority.

Beaverton would not be the city it is today without the help of its founders. One such founding family is the Merlo family.

Rose Merlo lived with her parents until 1920 when she married a young Italian man who worked for her father, Louie Biggi. When her father retired, the Biggi’s bought 14 acres to farm near what is now Cedar Hills Blvd. Seven years later Louie died, leaving Rose to raise and support three children-and 14 acres full of vegetables. Three acres were the winter crop: horseradish. Rose had a friend who made a little grinding machine, and she ground the root grown on her farm in Beaverton. She traveled to Portland, Hillsboro and around Beaverton with her basket of ground horseradish. It began to catch on. A savvy businesswoman, Rose saved her profits little by little and began to buy the land surrounding their existing acreage.

Now the horseradish farm site has a new purpose — a food cart pod.

Another part of Beaverton seeing improvement is the downtown area. And we’re not done yet! We are currently creating a framework to guide the development of Downtown Beaverton. An open house was held in January with two interactive design workshops held in February. Find out more about the Downtown Design Project at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/downtowndesign.

From the past to the present to the future, the city continues to focus on strengthening our community.

Happy birthday, Beaverton! Here’s to another successful 125 years!