Albany is a thriving community of businesses, industry, and agriculture. Industries like wood products, food processing, and manufactured homes production are all located here.
Albany is known as the rare metals capitol of the world due to the number of companies that produce zirconium, hafnium, and titanium.
The fertile Willamette Valley is what prompted the pioneers to come to Oregon in the 1800s. Albany is located in the middle of that fertile valley.
Farmers in the surrounding areas grow crops like corn, beans, mint, hazel nuts, and grass seed. The rich valley floor truly is the "promised land" the early settlers dreamed of.
Albany is credited by historians and architects with having the most varied collection of historic buildings in Oregon. This collection includes styles from the 1840s through the late 1920s and is concentrated within an area of approximately one hundred square blocks. Four Albany Historic Districts are listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
Albany's historic collection includes everything from the colorful Queen Annes, the "painted ladies" of historic homes to the Craftsman Bungalows that feature a variety of natural materials. It is also home to museums, antique shops and over 700 historic buildings; a visit to Albany is an experience rich in pioneer history and charm.
Information courtesy Albany Visitors Association.