Halsey: Hospitality is just off the highway


Halsey is a small, friendly town full of history. The town is named after its founder, William L. Halsey, vice president of the Willamette Valley Railroad Company, who in 1871 took his hand-drawn map of the town to be registered in Multnomah County, Oregon.
Halsey has always been a farming community. In 1875, the city’s population was about 250, and the warehouses in town could store up to 200,000 bushels of grain.
The Halsey Depot recently refurbished into a combined City Hall and Community Center, is one of the oldest wooden depots in the state. Documents found in the floorboards when it was moved date its construction to sometime between 1880 and 1890. The building now also hosts a small museum filled with objects and pictures from early Halsey and the surrounding area. There are two old churches in town, as well as several other houses and buildings dating from the late 1800s.
Today, Halsey is a quiet, friendly wayside along state Highway 99E. Folks here will meet your eyes and smile, or wave as they drive by. If you have time, they’ll chat with you about your day. They gather in the Community Center on Wednesday mornings for coffee and donuts. There are events and activities throughout the year. For information on upcoming events, visit www.cityofhalsey.com.
Halsey offers a large city park with a skateboard park, a covered shelter, and a fire pit – a great place to stop for a picnic in the spring or summer. The old buildings and lush countryside offer subject matter for artists and photographers. The quiet, flat back roads and beautiful scenery also make it a great area for bicyclists and birdwatchers.