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Cedar Mill is located north of Beaverton in an unincorporated area of Washington County, approximately seven miles west of downtown Portland. Cedar Mill lies north of the Sunset Highway (Route 26) and west of its intersection with Route 217.

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Washington County is a fast growing area with a population nearing 450,000. Major cities within the county include Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard. Large employers in Washington County include Nike, Intel, Epson, Tektronix and other high tech firms. Although many new housing developments are being built, there are also 1,600 farms totaling more than 135,000 acres.

The community of Cedar Mill provided the wood for Portland to be built, and then the produce to feed its growing population. Cedar Mill grew up around the site of a water-driven sawmill established by Justus Jones and his son John Halsey Jones in 1855. In 1869 they sold the mill to John Quincy Adams Young and his partner, William Rust Everson. The area was originally heavily wooded, but as more land was cleared, the economy shifted to agriculture.

In 1874, J.Q.A. Young was appointed to be the first postmaster . He named the town for the sawmill’s production of cedar siding, shingles and shakes. The house where the first Cedar Mill Post Office was located still stands on Cornell near the waterfall. Negotiations are now underway for the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District to acquire the house, renovate it and make it a public facility.

The "census-designated place" of Cedar Mill (a community though not a city) covers four square miles and reports a population in the 1990 census of 9,697 with the following ethnic breakdowns: 92.6% White, 6.1% Asian, .9% Hispanic, .6% African-American and .4% Native American.As of August 1995, the median home value was $192,000 and the median rent was $596.

Cedar Mill is bounded by the Forest Heights development in Multnomah County and the Washington County communities of Cedar Hills, Oak Hills, Bethany and Beaverton. MAP

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