Saint Helens, Oregon is a city in southeastern Columbia County. The city is about 30 miles northwest of Portland. Saint Helens is named for Mount St. Helens, an active volcano about forty miles north in the state of Washington. The volcano can be seen throughout many sites in the city. The city has a population of about 13,000 and has been growing alongside other places in the Portland area.
The Saint Helens School District operates the schools in the city. The St. Helens High School is the largest school in the area.
The Sand Island Marine Park is on an island across from Saint Helens. A small marina on the mainland provides access to the park, the Saint Helens Bar, and other marinas in Washington.
McCormick Park is in the southern part of Saint Helens. The park is home to a disc golf course, a skate park, and a few baseball and softball fields.
Saint Helens, OR is on land that Lewis and Clark camped on in 1805 while traveling to the Pacific Ocean. The city was formed in 1845 by New England settler Henry Montgomery Knighton. The city was named Plymouth, but would shortly after be renamed after Mount St. Helens. The city was incorporated into Columbia County in 1893.
Saint Helens is on the shore of the Columbia River. The Scappoose Bay is to the south. The Columbia River Highway or US Route 30 goes through the city. The route travels south to Portland and northwest to Rainier, Westport, and eventually Astoria. The closest bridge that leads into the state of Washington is twenty miles north in Rainier.
Most of the commercial activity in Saint Helens is near US Route 30. The shores near the Columbia River are home to various other businesses.
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