Silver Falls

The Silver Falls School District is 240 square miles in size and located in Marion and Clackamas Counties at the east edge of the rich and beautiful Willamette Valley.  Much of the district is nestled in the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains. In the center of the district lies the community of Silverton, 14 miles from the Silver Falls State Park, 42 miles south of Portland, and 14 miles east of Salem, Oregon’s capital. Silverton is noted for many estate style homes on tree shaded streets and Silver Creek running through its downtown core. Silverton has police and fire departments, a library, a nationally recognized hospital, and many businesses serving the entire Silver Falls district area.

North and east of Silverton lie the communities of Monitor, Marquam (Butte Creek School), and Scotts Mills.  Monitor includes a rural fire station, general store, and several businesses including the Monitor Telephone Company. Marquam includes the MarKum Inn and Marquam Methodist Church. Scotts Mills is an incorporated city that includes a rural fire station, general store, post office, and several businesses.

South and west of Silverton are the communities of Drakes Crossing (Silver Crest School), Victor Point, Evergreen, Pratum, Central Howell, and Bethany.  Drakes Crossing, Pratum and Victor Point include rural fire stations.

Each of the district rural communities has a K-8 elementary school.  Within the city of Silverton are three larger schools:  Eugene Field Elementary (K-3), Robert Frost (4-6), and Mark Twain Middle (7-8).  Each of the rural schools and Mark Twain Middle School feed into Silverton High School, the only secondary school in the district.  It is also located in the city of Silverton and offers a solid breadth of curriculum highlighted by programs in agricultural sciences, business education and technology.  The school also hosts a variety of extra-curricular activities including clubs, sports and student government.  The old high school was replaced with a new high school in 2009.

The economy within the district attendance area is diversified.  Agriculture is the largest local industry and includes production of Christmas trees, grass seed, sod, berries, vegetables, nursery plants, forest and a variety of livestock.  There are some small industries as well as retail stores and restaurants in and adjacent to Silverton.  Many residents are employed in Salem or in the Portland metropolitan area.  Higher education opportunities are also available in nearby communities.   Numerous two-year public colleges and four-year public and private universities are within easy driving distance of Silverton.

Recreation is a feature point of the area. Silverton has a city park, municipal swimming pool, tennis courts, movie theater, bowling center, and an organized summer youth recreation program. Also close by is the Evergreen Golf Course, Silver Falls State Park (Oregon’s largest state park), and the Oregon Garden (a botanical garden that showcases Oregon’s nursery industry). The Moonstone Resort is located within the Oregon Garden, and it includes lodging, conference rooms and a restaurant. An hour’s winter drive in one direction brings you to snow and skiing in the Cascade Mountains. In the summer, hiking, fishing, and camping are available. An hour-and-a-half drive in the opposite direction brings you to the Oregon beaches.

Local Links

City Information Housing Information
Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce
Silverton City Profile (Apartment Listing Service)
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Silverton Realty

Local Climate

Elevation: 249′
Precipitation: Average Annual Precipitation: 45.850″
Temperature: Lowest Monthly Average: 32°F
Highest Monthly Average: 79°F
Hottest Month: August
Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: July
Wettest Month: December

Source: Oregon Climate Service, 1996 Special