Gresham Quick Facts
A Traveler's Guide to GreshamGresham is a city that is located in the extreme northeastern portion of the US state of Oregon. Oregon is located on the Pacific coast of the United States and is bordered to the north by the state of Washington and to the south by the state of California. Gresham is in Multnomah County and is directly east of the city of Portland. English is the primary spoken and written language in Gresham.
The area used to be a campground where travelers would rest before traveling on to Portland. The residents wished to make the area into a city but in order for that to happen there had to be a post office there. A storeowner offered to let the city use his shop as a post office. The city agreed and the post office was built. The name of Gresham comes from the postmaster general Walter Gresham. The city was finally incorporated in 1905 and has grown steadily since then.
Gresham has a Mediterranean climate which means mild temperatures year round. Summer temperatures generally stay in the 70's or 80's Fahrenheit while winter temperatures rarely dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer is the dry season with scarce rain. Most of the areas rainfall occurs during the months of January through March.
By far the most popular cultural festival each year in Gresham is the Mount Hood Jazz Festival. This outdoor celebration features local jazz musicians as well as musicians from the surrounding areas. It was first held in 1982 and has been held each year since its beginning. Each year it attracts famous jazz musicians from around the country as well as thousands of spectators and visitors.
Gresham is famous for its natural beauty. The city has constructed several outdoor pedestrian and biking trails. The Springwater Corridor and the 40 Mile Loop are popular with locals who like to get outside and exercise.
The closest major airport to Gresham is Portland International Airport, which offers daily flights with major domestic carriers to cities in the US, in addition to international carriers with flights to cities in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
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