Salem is the inspiring capital of Oregon. Salem is in Willamette Valley and Willamette River and several streams run through it. Salem is the County seat of Marion County. West Salem is in Polk County.
Kalapuya Native Americans lived in the area for thousands of years before Europeans came. Salem was later founded in 1842. The Kalapuya were moved to reservations in the 1850s. In 1851, Salem became the territorial capital. It was incorporated in 1857. Oregon became a state in 1859 and Salem was designated its capital.
Salem has a Marine West Coast climate, although it does have some characteristics of a Mediterranean climate. It rains the most in the late fall and winter. The dry season is during the summers and early fall. Light snows do occur in the winter as well.
Salem’s largest employer is the government, although it is also a hub for farming and agricultural food processing. Education, healthcare, and NORPAC Foods are top employers as well.
Neighborhood associations, cultural events, museums, and other places, such as the Reed Opera House, attract residents and tourists to Salem. Popular sports include baseball and roller derby. Parks include hiking and biking trails, basketball courts, skateparks, boating ramps, and horse trails. Disc golf courses are free and open to the public as well.
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