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Tualatin is a city located primarily in Washington County in the State of Oregon. A small portion of the city is also located in neighboring Clackamas County. It is a southwestern suburb in the Portland Metropolitan Area that is located south of Tigard. The population was 26,054 at the 2010 census.
The name of the city is taken from the Tualatin River, which flows along most of the city’s northern boundary. It is probably a Native American word meaning “lazy” or “sluggish” but possibly meaning “treeless plain” for the plain near the river or “forked” for its many tributaries. According to Oregon Geographic Names, a post office with the spelling “Tualitin” was established November 5, 1869, and the spelling changed to “Tualatin” in 1915.
In the 1850s, the settlement was first called Galbreath after its founder Samuel Galbreath. In 1853, Galbreath built the first bridge over the Tualatin river, and the town became known as Bridgeport. In the 1880s, John Sweek platted a town around the new railroad depot, and named the town Tualatin. It was incorporated as the City of Tualatin in 1913.
In 1962, a fossilized mastodon was excavated in what is now the Fred Meyer parking lot. It is now on display in the lobby of Tualatin Public Library.
Tualatin is home to a majority of Bridgeport Village (“Bridgeport”), an upscale shopping area that opened in early 2005. (The northern part of Bridgeport Village is in Tigard.) Built at the site of a former quarry, Bridgeport was designed to be reminiscent of an open-air European-style shopping experience. It features an 18-screen movie theater, several national and regional chain restaurants, and many chain retail stores.
Tualatin is also home to Nyberg Woods, a neighborhood and lifestyle center located at the conjunction of Interstate 5 and Nyberg road. The center contains stores such as Best Buy, Old Navy, Golfsmith, and Ulta. Nyberg Woods also features restaurants such as Famous Dave’s, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Starbucks, and Five Guys.
Tualatin also harbors Nyberg Rivers, which opened in Fall 2014 and is the third major retail project to be developed by CenterCal Properties in Tualatin. Following the construction of Bridgeport Village and Nyberg Woods, Nyberg Rivers contains approximately 300,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, fitness, and entertainment space. Nyberg Rivers is located just off of Interstate 5 and is home to Cabela’s, New Seasons Market, LA Fitness, and restaurants including Pieology, Red Robin, Sharky’s, and Veri Bowl.
There are many factories on the south side of town, including a large LAM Research plant that makes electrochemical deposition tools for manufacturing semiconductors. Knife manufacturers Kershaw Knives and CRKT are located in Tualatin. Additionally, Al Mar Knives is headquartered in Tualatin, although manufacturing is done in Japan.
Oregon Scientific, a manufacturer of consumer electronics products, is headquartered in Tualatin.
From the 1960s through the 1980s, Tualatin was the home of Sunn Musical Equipment Company, a manufacturer of musical and sound reinforcement equipment.
Tualatin has been used as a filming location for Hollywood movies, including Thumbsucker, which was filmed at Tualatin High School.
The city of Tualatin falls incompletely under the jurisdiction of the Tigard-Tualatin School District. This district contains 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. Of these schools, five are actually located within Tualatin city limits: Bridgeport Elementary School, Byrom Elementary School, Tualatin Elementary School, Hazelbrook Middle School, and Tualatin High School. The city also includes Arbor School of Arts and Sciences, an independent K-8 school.
A small section of the city is part of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Those students usually go to the same elementary, middle, and high schools: Stafford Primary, Athey Creek Middle School, and Wilsonville High School, respectively.
The Portland Japanese School, a weekend Japanese educational program for Japanese citizens and Japanese Americans, holds its classes at Hazelbrook Middle School at Tualatin. The school began holding its classes there after the school opened in 1992. The school office is in Beaverton.
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