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Welcome to Wilkes East!

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Welcome to the Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA

Welcome to

Wilkes East Neighborhood
Gresham, Oregon USA

The Wilkes East Neighborhood Association (WENA) is a non-profit association of your neighbors who are interested in promoting the quality of life for the residents of our community. Our mission is to enhance the livability of our community through citizen participation. We strive to communicate, cooperate, and collaborate.

The Wilkes East Neighborhood is located in the Northwest corner of the City of Gresham, Oregon, and is one of Gresham Oregon's sixteen neighborhoods

Start Your Own Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

Start your own Neighborhood Watch!

Neighborhood Watch Needs You! The program embraces and strengthens many things we're already doing, such as watching out for each other's homes or working together to solve problems. A Neighborhood Watch brings the power of organization and the ability to focus energy and resources. Start yours today!

How-to Report Graffiti

Graffiti

Graffiti effects everyone.
It damages our property, and it impacts our community.

Help eliminate graffiti by reporting it immediately!

To file a complaint or report graffiti:

Urban Forestry Forum

05/23/2007 - 6:00pm
05/23/2007 - 8:00pm
Etc/GMT-7

Forest park

City of Gresham Urban Forestry Forum

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Fellowship Hall
Rockwood United Methodist Church
179th & SE Stark St.

Zimmerman House

The Zimmerman Heritage Farm located at NE 171st & NE Sandy Blvd Gresham Oregon USA
1874 Zimmerman House
Gresham, Oregon. Click to enlarge

Zimmerman Heritage Farm

A lasting vestige of
East Multnomah County's
agricultural roots

The historic Zimmerman House Museum is a delightful, turn-of-the-century farmhouse situated in a rapidly urbanizing area of Northwest Gresham in East Multnomah County, Oregon. The farmhouse is located at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd on 5.98 acres, a remnant parcel of the original dairy farmstead that at one time extended over 600 acres of reclaimed bottom land along the Columbia River.

The Zimmerman Heritage Farm is our cultural heritage, a lasting vestige of East Multnomah County's agricultural roots. It offers the experience of "life as it really was" in the decades at the turn of the 20th century, reflecting the past through a mirror unique to the Zimmerman family's farming and domestic life.

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Wilkes East History

The Tale of Two Wilkes Neighborhoods

The Tale of Two Wilkes Neighborhoods. William C Wilkes Donation Land Grant 1846, Portland Oregon. Info here!
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Love, Heartbreak, and Renewal

Local history says un the summer of 1845 Payton & Anna Wilkes and their seven children left Independence Missouri in a two-yolk oxen-drawn covered wagon and headed west on the Oregon Trail for Oregon.

They arrived by late fall after crossing the Cascade Mountains during a particularly strong snow storm and settled into their new life style in Oregon City. More than 3,000 wagons arrived in Oregon that year.

In 1850 their son William Wilkes took a Donation Land Claim on Sandy Road east of Portland.

The Donation Land Claim Act (DLC) became law on September 27, 1850 as a means to promote homestead settlements in the Oregon Territory (comprising the resent-day states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and part of Wyoming).

The Act granted 320 acres of designated areas free-of-charge to every unmarried male citizen eighteen or older, and 640 acres to every married couple arriving in the Oregon Territory before December 1, 1850. A total of 7,437 land claims were issued under the Act which expired in late 1855.

Soon after receiving his land, William gave up his claim after his wife died and headed to California to mine gold.

Rich with cash, William Wilkes returned to east Portland and purchased the Milton Frazer DLC (see photo above), which was located immediately to the east of his original claim. And that's why there are two Wilkes neighborhoods.

Wilkes, the original land claim. And, Wilkes East, the purchased land to the east of William Wilkes original claim.

William C Wilkes, east Portland pioneer 1850's. Click to enlarge
William C Wilkes
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William C Wilkes, east Portland pioneer 1850's. Click to enlarge
William C Wilkes grave
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William C Wilkes, east Portland pioneer 1850's. Click to enlarge
Sarah A Wilkes
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To learn more about local history, read "Gresham, Stories of our Past". Available from the Gresham Historical Society, area book stores, and Amazon.com

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Resident Info

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Wilkes East Neighborhood boundaries

Wilkes East neighborhood boundaries and statistics

Neighborhood Boundaries

The Wilkes East Neighborhood is located in the Northwest corner of the City of Gresham, Oregon, and is one of Gresham Oregon's sixteen neighborhoods. Wilkes East Neighborhood's borders are roughly NE Sandy Boulevard to the north, NE 181st Ave to the east, NE Glisan Street to the south, and NE 162nd Ave to the west. Get Map!

Regional Equity Atlas; Wilkes East statistics

The Equity Atlas is an attempt to stimulate discussion regarding the distribution of elements seen as critical to the livability of a neighborhood. These include such things as income, single-family home price, poverty, education/teacher quality, access to usable transit, access to grocery, and more.

Click here to view the Regional Equity Atlas; Wilkes East statistics

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