Historic Downtown Monmouth

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Historic Downtown Monmouth

Monmouth, Oregon 97361, United States

Created By: City of Monmouth - Historic Commission

Tour Information

While several large fires in the late 1800s through the early 1900s destroyed many of Monmouth's early commercial buildings, a number of historic buildings and architectural styles remain.

Step back in time on your walk through historic downtown Monmouth to learn more about some of Monmouth's oldest buildings and imagine what life was like in the early of Monmouth's history.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Built in 1902 for the Monmouth Improvement Company, this Italianate Style commercial building housed the post office from 1902-1928. The upper floor served as a meeting hall for the Woodmen of the World.
Built in 1914, this commercial style building housed Mulkey’s Grocery for many years with a pool hall upstairs. Even though Monmouth was a dry town from 1859 through 2002, procedural mistakes allowed the Pool Hall to serve alcohol for hal... Read more
This building was constructed in 1922 to house the expanding First National Bank of Monmouth. It is the only Colonial Style commercial building in the city and is based on 17th and 18th century Colonial architecture.
The Monmouth Odd Fellows Lodge was organized in 1891 and met in the former Polk County Bank at 295 Main St E. The group disbanded in 1897 after fire partially destroyed the building. They reorganized in 1908 and built the current Odd Fellow... Read more
Built in 1889, the northern half was rebuilt in 1896 after a fire destroyed much of the downtown. It hosted the area’s first bank until 1922, and then served as the office of Monmouth’s weekly newspaper, the Monmouth Herald, until 1969.... Read more
Visit this Historic Monmouth mural completed in 2010 by local mural artists Roger and Kenny Cooke highlighting the history of Monmouth.
View Monmouth's newest mural installed in 2022 by local mural artist, Eileen Hinckle, that further highlights the history of the I&M Railroad.
This early Bungalow Style home was built around 1911 for John H. Ackerman. He was President of the Oregon Normal School (now Western Oregon University) from 1911 through 1920.  As President, Ackerman helped establish stable funding for the... Read more
Built circa 1892, this house shows the Eastlake Stick Style of architecture. The house is named after Edward and Belle Strong who lived there for 42 years. The Strong House is included on the National Register of Historic Places.
Witness the last carriage stop step for the I&M Railway at this location. Look for a concrete step near the sidewalk curb on the southside of Jackson Street, one block east of the Main Street Park Amphitheater.
This Eastlake Stick Style home was built in 1891 by John Howell, a local builder who also built the Strong House. It was a boarding house for students at the Oregon Normal School (now Western Oregon University) from 1891-1984, hosting appro... Read more
Monmouth was home to two important railways in the late 1800s and early 1900s before the rise of the automobile. The Monmouth Historical Railroad Interpretive Sign includes fun facts about the Independence & Monmouth (I&M) Railway. ...
This Queen Anne Style building was built in 1891, and is the oldest surviving church in Monmouth. It was relocated to this site from the corner of Main St. and Hwy 99 in 1922. The church was reportedly moved on logs over a period of two wee... Read more
Originally constructed in 1877 as the Monmouth Christian Church, the church was built by the first group of pioneers to donate land for establishment of a townsite. It was constructed on the southwest corner of Monmouth and Church Streets. ... Read more


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