Colton Oregon 97017
is an unincorporated city at the foothills of the Cascade
Swedish due to it proximity to logging, the community remains
a small close knit community. There are a half dozen or so churches
and the only tavern is four miles out of town on hwy 211. Christmas
tree and horticulture have taken up where small rural family
farms once prospered.
a good history of the area see: "Our Proud Past" available
at book stores and museums in the larger surrounding cities
of Estacada Oregon City and Molalla. The
Lutheran Church at the center of town
is a living post card and the small grocery store across the
been in active use since the turn of the last century. The
small local cafe will warm your ribs.
Town Colton has a public water system for some, but everyone
else has wells. Water is so clean and cold it makes that european
bottled stuff taste like California city water. The air is
clean but it does rain here more than the surrounding areas
due to the proximity to the mountain. Goat mountain is the
local "butte" rising to 4000 ft.
20 minutes to Oregon City, 55 min. to Salem; 45 min. to Portland,
80 min. to the coast and about 60 min. to Mt. Hood. Rarely
floods except along Milk Creek, but there is an occasional
mud slide on any of the number of sloping hills. Its about
as green as heaven might be and on a sunny day the sky is
so blue it takes your breath away. While clear sky's are a
bit rare with few consecutive days of sunshine which occur
in August through September, there are pretty nice days through
October and a few nice days in February, May and June.