Gresham is the 4th largest city in Oregon with a population of approx. 105,594 in 2010, spread over 23.43 square miles in Multnomah County. In 1884, a local store owner offered the use of his store as a post office and offered to name the city after the Postmaster General, Walter Q. Gresham, to get the city incorporated, but this did not happen until 1905. Before this, the area was known only as Campground, as pioneers often stopped to spend the night in this forested site before moving on to Portland and the Willamette Valley.
Gresham practices responsible development, has a progressive business climate, and is a locale where one can live, work and play. There is golfing, playing on fields of all types, deep woods camping, hiking and biking, steelhead fishing, internationally famous wind surfing in the Gorge, snow skiing all year on Mt. Hood, and more.
Historic Downtown Gresham offers a mixture of over 150 shops, restaurants and service businesses of both old architecture and neo-architectural new construction. Flower baskets decorate the lamp posts. Many events are featured during the year like Farmer's Market, Art Walk, Car Shows and the favorite Teddy Bear Parade. Gresham's excellent education systems of public and private schools are dedicated to leading the way in teaching lifelong learning skills.