The city of Tigard sent us some historical photos to compare "then and now."
The John Tigard house was built in the 1800s. It's where the pioneer, Wilson Tigard, built his house for his kids after traveling from Arkansas on the Oregon Trail.
The cool part is, the house is still here, and kept up to its original look inside and out. It was moved to East Butte Heritage Park, and is open four times a year for tours.
Tigard's first high school wasn't named Tigard at all. It was called Union High School. It was right on Main Street until the 1950s. KGW met David Rodriguez, a Vietnam vet, and Tigard native, in the parking lot of what Union High has become: Value village. He loves to shop there for music and work clothes.
We asked if he was surprised to see the school in Value Village's place.
"Yes! Very much. I didn't know that, I didn't know that at all," Rodriguez said. "The history of Tigard! You have so much that was going on here, and things have kind of changed."
Old Germania Hall Hotel on Main Street, seen here in the 1800s, has been replaced by the same style of building.
The new building has been a restaurant and storefront.
On Tigard's Main Street sat the Tigard General Store in 1920. It also held the post office and meeting hall inside. Today it's home to Doctors Greg Oltmann and Terry Erdman, who own Tigard Chiropractic Clinic. The old store building, long gone.
"I hurt my back working on a drilling rig years ago and we gassed up in Tigard," Dr. Erdman recalls. "There was a store and a gas station as I remember it. And I thought, 'Who would ever want to live in this little town? There's nothing here. That was 50 years ago, and look at it now, and it's nice being not right in downtown Portland, but on the outskirts. I love it."
We Love Tigard: The city's historic roots