Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm
Aaron Olds established an ironworks on the Tualatin River in 1862, and Oswego’s Oregon Iron Company built the first iron smelter in 1864 and produced its first pig iron in 1867. Twenty years later a group of wealthy
industrialists established the Oregon Iron and Steel Company in Oswego. Tualatin was definitely impacted, with the river full of logs going to be burned for the charcoal that fired the furnaces; the air blue with smoke from the wood fires; jobs for working men; and of course, the backed-up water that overflowed farmers’ fields.