SCAPPOOSE, OREGON - THE BEGINNING
A history that dates back to the original inhabitants, the Chinook Indians and other Northwest tribes. Scappoose's name is derived from the Chinook Tribe and means "gravelly plains". Our area served as prime Indian hunting grounds and was lead by Chief Concomley. The Chief held stewardship over his people and the land.
At one time Scappoose was covered with wild grasses and ancient forests and fed herds of elk and deer. The river supplied spawning beds for salmon and other migrating fish. While we still enjoy the wildlife and fishing the ancient forests have disappeared.
The area was a meeting place for the Tribes to gather in what is known as a "Pow Wow". Until recently Scappoose honored this heritage by our annual Pow Wow/Summerfest event, last held in 2015.
When Chief Concomley died in 1830 Chief Cassino of the Kiersinno Tribe (who was married to Leche, the eldest daughter of Chief Concomley) became the highest ranking chief of the Northwest Chinook Tribes.
The first non-native to arrive was Thomas McKay, stepson of John McLaughlin of the Hudson Bay Company. He was a trapper and hunter and created a special bond with Chief Concomley. In later years Thomas married Tomee, the daughter of Chief Concomley.
Starting in 1828 the abundant natural resources of the Northwest called to the early settlers. They came from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and other Eastern states.
1842 the first covered wagons rolled into Scappoose. As the area settled folks came from as far away as Czechoslovakia and Switzerland and developed a large presence in early Scappoose.
1852 Arrival of the Watts Family.
1852 the first industrial business started in Scappoose. The building of the saw mill by Timothy Lamberson and Malcom McKay brought the birth of a town.