Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A short note on Willamette River

The Willamette River (pronounced as "wil-LAM-met") is a tributary of the Columbia River, just about 240 mi (386 km) long, in the northwestern Oregon in the United States. The Flowing northward involving the Coastal Range and Cascade Range, the river and its tributaries form a basin called the Willamette Valley containing the biggest population centers of Oregon, together with Portland, which sits along both sides of the river next to its mouth on the Columbia. Its fertile valley is fed by prolific rainfall on the western side of the Cascades, forming one of the lushest agricultural regions of North America that was the destination for many if not most of the emigrants next to the Oregon Trail. The river was a main transportation route all over much of the early history of the state, furnishing a means of conveying the vast timber and the agricultural resources of the state to the outside world.

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