Dallas History

Dallas History

Dallas was settled in the 1840s on the north side of Rickreall Creek (in the area that is now north Dallas) and was originally named "Cynthian" or "Cynthiana". It is likely the name was chosen by Mrs. Thomas Lovelady, naming it after her hometown of Cynthiana, Kentucky.

In 1852, acting on a petition signed by a number of citizens, Dallas was renamed in honor of Vice President George Mifflin Dallas. The town was moved to the south side of the creek in 1855 or 1856, where water was more plentiful.

Dallas was incorporated as the Town of Dallas in 1874, and as the City of Dallas in 1901.


Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Dallas is in the heart of it all. Just 13 miles west of Salem, close to the coast, and an easy drive from beautiful vineyards and wineries, we think you'll find just what you are looking for in Dallas.

Dallas has many treasures, with many beautiful City parks, , the Rickreall Creek Trail System, the Dallas Aquatic Center, and small town charm. A short drive away is the 2,500 acre Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, the Black Rock trail system - Oregon's first free ride area for mountain biking, and award-winning wines.

Not only family-friendly, Dallas is business-friendly too. With sites from 1 to over 20 acres, with access to highways and rail service, Dallas is ready for employers and can offer incentive packages, streamlined permitting, friendly staff, and a supportive business environment. For more information, visit our economic development page.

Come visit Dallas and enjoy all we have to offer!

Oregon Tourism

We're partial to the Willamette Valley here in Dallas, of course, but know Oregon is rich in diverse travel and tourism opportunities. For more information on all Oregon has to offer, visit the Travel Oregon website for more information on the "Seven Wonders of Oregon."