"Albany, Oregon...Follow Your Nose" Albany by birchy99

Albany Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 145 photos

Poor Albany Has a Bad Reputation

Albany is located in Interstate 5 a little over half way between Eugene and Salem, the state's capital. For many decades and even today you can find Albany with your eyes closed. Just follow your nose as the smells from the craft papermill and the Wah Chang metals plants will announce your arrival. Both mills are located right next to the interstate and when the wind blows from any direction but East you will know it when you smell it. As a sidelight, the pods on the first manned landing vehicle on the Moon were forged at the Wah Chang plant.
However, despite that, Albany is a nice little historic town on the Willamette River just downstream from Corvallis, sort of a sister city relationship. Albany has a nice historic district with quite a few Victorian houses and shady streets to go with it. It also has its share of strip malls and shopping centers.
We mostly just pass through Albany, but about twice a year we attend dog shows in the Linn County Convention and Fairgrounds east of town. And we have a favorite sandwich/coffee shop we frequent whenever going up or down I-5.
Don't be put off by my leadin. It really is a nice little city and worth a quick tour of the old town area.

  • Last visit to Albany: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated Dec 8, 2005
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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    I went by there a few days ago. The paper plant is now being turned into a pile of scrap metal, with the most valuable machinery being sent to various other plants in other parts of the world. Wah Chang is still going, but doesn't smell anything like the paper mill or what it used to.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2006 at 4:22 PM

    Albany must be nice to put up with the industrial smells! The restaurant write-up was just wonderful and enticing.

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