Tigard’s Historic Main Street:
Self-Guided Walking Tours
Download the map for a self-guided tour!
Put on your walking shoes and explore the early development of Main Street. Download the map or visit the library to pick up a printed version.
Learn about the entrepreneurs, their businesses and other events that helped shape downtown Tigard from a rural crossroads to a thriving commercial center.
Can You ID Me?
Check out this Newspaper Boy of the Year from 1972. Can you identify him?
"Newspaper Boy of the Year 1972"
- Who was the first Tigard Mayor? (Elton C. Phillips) First Police Chief? (Chief C. E. Janoe)
- What year was the first female City Councilor elected? (1971, Carolyn J. Paisley)
- What is the official Tigard flower? (Tigard Daffodil, registered w/Royal Horticultural Society in 1975 by GE Mitsch)
Jump on the Wayback Time Machine!
27 years ago
Tigard High School’s girls soccer team began their season looking for an unprecedented 4th consecutive 4A state title. Despite the loss of six graduated seniors, the team finished the season with a 13-4 record, placed second in the Metro League, but did not make the state playoffs. (1994, September 1). Four in a Row? Tigard Times, p. B1.
52 years ago
The City of Tigard unveiled plans for improvements to Cook Park. Upgrades included construction of baseball fields, a boat launching facility, nature trails, a playground for children, picnic areas and tennis courts. A road into the park and parking areas were also constructed. Cook Park, named for Tigard resident and former Mayor John Cook, Sr., is Tigard’s premier park. (1969, September 4). Cook Park Schematic Plan. Tigard Times, p.2.
77 years ago
Second Lieutenant Arthur H. Vincent of Tigard, in the weeks preceding D-Day, was assigned to register and safeguard hundreds of secret documents and plans related to the invasion. Mr. Vincent worked as a banker in Tigard for 29 years and later opened his own real estate firm in town before his retirement in 1965. (1944, September 8). Tigard lieutenant D-Day plan guard. Tigard Sentinel, p.1.
102 years ago
The East Butte School on Pacific Highway in Tigard hired Margaret Summers of Salem as principal to succeed Mr. C. White. Summers was a graduate of the state college in Kansas and had several years’ experience teaching in Oregon schools at the time of her appointment. (The East Butte School was located on the property where Charles F. Tigard Elementary now stands on Grant Avenue.) (1919, August 11). Woman is named new school principal at Tigard. Daily Capital Journal, p.1.
Mary Woodward (1893 – 1979)
Women of Tigard
Below we've highlighted a few of Tigard’s fearless female advocates and their contributions to the people and places of Tigard and Metzger.
- Mary Woodward was known throughout the Tigard community as a champion educator, journalist and conservationist. The Mary Woodward Elementary School in Tigard is named in her honor for her many contributions to the community.
- On Arbor Day in 1976, the citizens of Tigard honored Mary by planting and dedicating nine maple trees in Cook Park as the Mary Woodward Maple Grove.
- Mary Woodward died in 1979. Just prior to her passing, the Tigard-Tualatin School District dedicated the Mary Woodward Elementary School in her honor.
Grace Tigard Houghton (1901 – 1998)
- Grace Tigard Houghton believed that public libraries were fundamental for an educated society. As the granddaughter of Tigard founder Wilson Tigard, Houghton graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland before attending the University of Oregon. She received a degree in physical education from the University of Oregon and Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and became an advocate for health, physical education, and local libraries.
- Grace Tigard Houghton died on November 1, 1998 at the age of 97. In her will she donated one-third of her estate to help fund the construction of a reading room for the new Tigard Public Library. The Grace T. Houghton Reading Room, located on the second floor of the library, opened in 2004.
La Verne Sharp (1921 – 1986)
- La Verne Sharp helped form the Tigard Historical Association and was its first president. The group saved the John Tigard House from demolition and was successful in listing the house on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Friends of the Museum also envisioned a permanent museum for the group somewhere in Tigard area. In April 1978, the group had identified the John Tigard House (c. 1880) as a potential property and by August 1979 had successfully relocated the home from its original site at Pacific Highway and Gaarde Street to SW Canterbury Lane at 103rd Avenue.
- The Friends of the Museum were also successful in having the property listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the City of Tigard’s first property to have that distinction. About this time the group also changed their name to the Tigard Area Historical and Preservation Association (TAHPA, often known as The Tigard Historical Society).
Elizabeth "Betty" Jack (1923 – 1994)
- Elizabeth “Betty” Jack was a lifelong Oregonian. Born in 1923, she grew up in the Capitol Highway area of southwest Portland and worked for several grocers in the Tigard area. Betty was known for her kind heartedness and her love of local parks. Betty served on the Tigard Park Board for ten years and Jack Park was named after her.
- Betty worked at Girod’s Supermarket on Main Street in Tigard where she became known for her kind heartedness. Pauline Girod said that Betty “genuinely loves people… she used to personally loan people money if they were down and out, and sometimes she would buy groceries for people and take them to them.”
- For her dedicated service on the Park Board and unflinching love for her community, the City of Tigard named Jack Park after Betty Jack.
Neva Root [1901 – 1999)
- Neva Root was an elementary school teacher in the Tigard, Oregon School District for twenty-two years. Following her retirement from teaching in 1966, Ms. Root, a Tigard resident since 1922, became active in several local civic affairs.
- Neva volunteered at the Tigard Public Library for twenty years and was instrumental in researching and documenting the Tigard area’s early history.
- In September 1987 the Friends of the Tigard Library dedicated a puppet stage in her name to the library in appreciation of her many years of service to the children of Tigard.
Patricia D. Whiting (1940 – 2010)
- Patricia D. Whiting was a state legislator from Metzger who was elected to the Oregon State Legislature in 1972. She served three terms as a state representative for the Tigard-Metzger area and resigned in 1978. As a State Representative for the Oregon State Legislature, Whiting helped pass eleven explicitly feminist pieces of legislation, including the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, and legislation centered on civil rights, employment, family planning, and childcare.
- When the Metzger community celebrate its centennial in 2011, Metzger Park’s community center was officially renamed the Patricia D. Whiting Hall.
Alberta Craig Rider (1913 – 2009)
- At a very young age, Alberta Craig Rider experienced family trauma including her father’s death and her separation from her mother and siblings. Because of this, Alberta had a lifelong love for children and regularly advocated for their well-being and education.
- A lifelong learner herself, Alberta wished to help local children succeed in education in the growing neighborhood of Bull Mountain. In 1997, the Tigard-Tualatin School District purchased her property and Alberta Rider Elementary School opened in 2005.