Mission: Preserving and sharing stories of human enterprise and the power of the water at the great falls of the Willamette River.

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The Foundation

The Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization established to raise funds for historic preservation, education, and other heritage-related programs and projects in an area reaching from the mouth of the Clackamas River to the mouth of the Tualatin River. We have been celebrating industrial history in the Falls area since 2002. In 2018 the Foundation also registered in Oregon as DBA “Friends of the Locks”.

The Foundation focuses on raising public awareness of West Linn history and the under-interpreted and under-appreciated historic transportation and industrial resources on the west side of the Willamette River.  Board members remain committed to building visionary, constructive partnerships with all Oregon heritage partners, for the good of the preservation community and the enrichment of Oregonians’ quality of life.

Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible. The Foundation has no members and is not a grant-making organization.

We are very grateful to the following major funders and partners:

Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

Arts Action Alliance, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition

The Kinsman Foundation

Portland General Electric

West Linn Chamber Tourism Plan

Blue Heron Paper Company

Wilsonville Concrete Products, LLC

West Linn Arts Commission

Gramor Development, Inc.

Clackamas Community Federal Credit Union

Juan Young Trust

Paul Toole State Farm Insurance

Bank of America Foundation

Oregon Cultural Trust

Oregon Community Foundation

Clackamas County Tourism Development Council

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Willamette Falls and Landings Heritage Area Coalition

WFHF 2019 Goals:

* Continue to Enhance Board Capacity and Committee Structure

* Support Transfer of Ownership and Reopening of the Willamette Locks

* Coordinating with PGE and ODFW on ways to preserve and utilize Mill A

* Advocate for Heritage and Preservation Interests Within West Linn 

* Old City Hall District

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Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation Mission:

Preserving and sharing the stories of human enterprise and the power of the water at the great falls of the Willamette River.


The Foundation is all-volunteer, so our office/archive is not staffed. 

Please call 503-650-9570 for an appointment. E-mail: willamettefalls@msn.com

Correspondence and donations to support our work may be sent to:

Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation

P.O. Box 635, West Linn, OR 97068

503.650.9570 (message)

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