"Small Town turned into Suburb" Gladstone by glabah

Gladstone Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 47 photos

There really isn't much to Gladstone - in terms of both things to do and the amount of city that is located here. The city's main street was Portland Avenue for many years, but the only through route was the interurban railway line, where passenger service stopped in 1958 and freight service about 10 years later. Thus, with the lack off through auto traffic, the downtown was basically preserved as it was for nearly 40 years.

There are several things that might bring you to Gladstone: passing through on highways 205 or 99E, or the annual Chautauqua Festival, or fishing in the Clackamas River.

There are several nice parks here, but for the most part they are of local interest only, except in the case of those who would like to visit them and fish in the Clackamas River.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:small town, everything within walkable distance, OK transit service
  • Cons:not much of interest for the traveler
  • In a nutshell:typical small town that turned into a suburb
  • Last visit to Gladstone: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated Apr 29, 2008
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Great landscape around here! I love river parks, so peaceful. And I like that washing machine fountain, what a funny idea :-)

  • Jul 1, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    I starting going to the festival when I moved to Oregon in 1994. I love it! It's great entertainment, great food, great booths, everything. I wish they still had carnival rides or blow up bouncers for the kids but even without them it's good clean fun!!

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