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The Willamette Valley is something to see - a very fertile and productive agricultural region with diverse communities surrounded by absolutely stunning natural beauty. The original inhabitants of the valley were the the Kapaluya indians. The first European settlers were French-Canadians: mountain men and their Native American wives and children (called the Metis). The area where they settled is still called French Prairie and the names of the towns in the area reflect their French origins: St. Paul, Gervais, St. Louis. My father says that the French-Canadians played a large role in ensuring that this region became part of the U.S. The area was originally under joint British/U.S. control and the Metis joined with other American/European settlers to form the first local government which put Oregon on the road to becoming a U.S. state. Later waves of immigration in the 19th/early 20th century included people from other U.S. states, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria. These diverse people brought their faiths with them and there is an abundance of small and large churches everywhere you look: Russian 'Old Believers', Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Seventh-Day Adventists, Mormons, and Mennonites.
|Farmhouse and Woodshed|
|Walnut Orchard and Wheat Field|
|Field and Woodlot|