County Seat: Courthouse, 300 SW 4th Ave., Albany 97321
Phone: 541-967-3825 (General); 541-967-3802 (Court Administrator)
Population (2013): 118,665
Established: Dec. 28, 1847
Elev. at Albany: 210'
Area: 2,297 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 39.0° July 65.6°
Real Market Value: $11,395,676,271
Annual Precipitation: 42.55"
Economy: Agriculture, forest products, rare metals, manufacturing and recreation
Points of interest
Willamette and Santiam Rivers; Foster, Green Peter and Detroit Reservoirs; Cascade Range mountains with Mt. Jefferson, Hoodoo Ski Bowl and the Pacific Crest Trail; covered bridges; Fair and Expo Center; Brownsville Museum and Albany historic districts
History and general information
Linn County was created in 1847 and named for U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Missouri, who was the author of the Donation Land Act which provided free land to settlers in the West. Linn County is in the center of the Willamette Valley, with the Willamette River as its western boundary and the crest of the Cascades as its eastern boundary. The climate and soil conditions provide one of Oregon’s most diversified agriculture areas, allowing a wide variety of specialty crops and leading the nation in the production of common and perennial ryegrass. Linn County is also home to major producers of rare and primary metals, processed food, manufactured homes and motor homes, as well as the traditional logging and wood products industries.
Recreational opportunities are extensive and include hiking, climbing and skiing, picnicking and camping in county and state parks; boating, water skiing and fishing on lakes and rivers; petrified wood and agate beds; covered bridges and historic districts and events.
Commissioners—John K. Lindsey (R) 2019, Roger Nyquist (R) 2017, William Tucker (R) 2017; Dist. Atty. Douglas Marteeny 2017; Assess. Dave Swartzlender 2017; Clerk Steven Druckenmiller 2019; Justice of the Peace Jad Lemhouse 2021; Sheriff Bruce Riley 2019; Surv. Charles Gibbs 2017; Treas. Michelle Hawkins 2017; Co. Admin. Ralph Wyatt