Damascus, Oregon

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Damascus, Oregon
City Hall, in a strip mall
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°25′48″N 122°26′47″W / 45.43°N 122.44639°W / 45.43; -122.44639Coordinates: 45°25′48″N 122°26′47″W / 45.43°N 122.44639°W / 45.43; -122.44639
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyClackamas County
Incorporated2004
Government
 • MayorSteve Spinnett
Elevation712 ft (217 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total10,539
Time zonePacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP codes97009, 97015, 97030, 97080, 97089
Area code(s)503 and 971
Websitewww.ci.damascus.or.us
Elevation from U.S.G.S.[1]
 
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Damascus, Oregon
City Hall, in a strip mall
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°25′48″N 122°26′47″W / 45.43°N 122.44639°W / 45.43; -122.44639Coordinates: 45°25′48″N 122°26′47″W / 45.43°N 122.44639°W / 45.43; -122.44639
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyClackamas County
Incorporated2004
Government
 • MayorSteve Spinnett
Elevation712 ft (217 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total10,539
Time zonePacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP codes97009, 97015, 97030, 97080, 97089
Area code(s)503 and 971
Websitewww.ci.damascus.or.us
Elevation from U.S.G.S.[1]

Damascus (play /dəˈmæskɪs/) is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Incorporated in 2004, the city is located east of Happy Valley and Interstate 205 and west of Boring. The area that later became the city had a population of 9,022 in 2000.[2] The population estimate for the city on July 1, 2005, was 9,670 (the first estimate available after incorporation), with the population growing to 10,539 residents as of the 2010 census.

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History

According to Oregon Geographic Names, Damascus can date its existence as a community back to 1867, when a post office by that name was established. That post office was closed in 1904, but re-opened in February 2007 inside a coffee house.[citation needed] The original heart of the community is along Oregon Route 212, which as of 2004 serves as part of the city's southern boundary.

A 2000 decision by Metro to expand Portland's urban growth boundary into the area prompted some citizens of the community to submit Measure 3-138, a measure on the ballot for the 2004 general election in November. The initiative's passage resulted in the incorporation of the former unincorporated communities of Damascus and Carver into the City of Damascus, a step which prevents nearby cities from annexing the community.[3] The city was the first new city in Oregon in 22 years.[3]

In a special election on September 21, 2005, a city charter was approved by 88% of its voters.[4] Voters in eleven parcels of land between Damascus and Happy Valley were given the chance to vote on annexation to Damascus: six of the areas voted for annexation, four voted against, and in the eleventh no votes were cast.

Geography

Damascus sits 712 feet (217 m) above sea-level.[1] Located in north-central part of Clackamas County, the city's northern boundary is the Multnomah County line. Boring lies to the east, and Clackamas to the west.[2]

Government

Fire protection in the city is provided by the Boring Fire District and by Clackamas County Fire District #1, Only one fire station, Boring Fire Station 149 - Damascus, is located in the city, with primary emergency response also from nearby CDFD1 Station 7 - Pleasant Valley and Boring Fire Station 140 - Boring.[5] Damascus' police force is provided under contract by the county sheriff's office.[5] The city is served by the North Clackamas, Oregon Trail, Estacada, Centennial, and Gresham-Barlow school districts. The latter is the second-largest employer in the city.[6] As of January 2011, the members of the Damascus city council were Steve Spinnett (mayor), Diana Helm (Council president), Marlo Dean, Andrew Jackman, Barb Ledbury, Randy Shannon and Mary Wescott.[7]

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