Oregon Map

Mid-Willamette Valley

Marion, Linn, Benton, Polk County


Linn County, 97389

Grass Seed Capital of the World

'Tangent' is railroad speak for something like 'twenty miles of straight track' which is how the rail line runs through this town. The city web page has interesting comments about the original inhabitants. I quote them here: "It is believed that the first people to inhabit the Tangent area were the mound builders whose earthen mounds line the Calapooia River from Albany to Brownsville. When the first settlers arrived in the area, the Calapooia people used canoes as the primary means of transport and thrived on the rich natural abundance of the area as a fishing, hunting and gathering people." Of course that world changed when the trains came through.