County Seat: Courthouse, 300 SW Fourth Ave., Albany 97321
Phone: 541-967-3825 (General); 541-967-3802 (Court Administrator)
Established: Dec. 28, 1847
Elev. at Albany: 210'
Area: 2,297 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 39.0° July 65.6°
Assessed Value: $11,744,039,973
Real Market Value: $21,193,422,962
(includes the value of non-taxed properties)
Annual Precipitation: 42.55"
Economy: Agriculture, forest products, rare metals, manufacturing and recreation
Points of Interest
Willamette and Santiam Rivers, Foster, Green Peter and Detroit Reservoirs, Cascade Range mountains with Mount Jefferson, Hoodoo Ski Bowl and the Pacific Crest Trail, covered bridges, Fair and Expo Center, Brownsville Museum, Albany historic districts
History and General Information
Linn County was created in 1847 and named for U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Missouri, who was the author of the Donation Land Act which provided free land to settlers in the West. Linn County is in the center of the Willamette Valley, with the Willamette River as its western boundary and the crest of the Cascades as its eastern boundary. The climate and soil conditions provide one of Oregon’s most diversified agriculture areas, allowing a wide variety of specialty crops and leading the nation in the production of common and perennial ryegrass. Linn County is also home to major producers of processed food, manufactured homes and motor homes, as well as the traditional logging and wood products industries.
Recreational opportunities are extensive and include hiking, climbing and skiing, picnicking and camping in county and state parks; boating, water skiing and fishing on lakes and rivers; petrified wood and agate beds; covered bridges and historic districts and events.
Commissioners— Chair Roger Nyquist 2025; Will Tucker 2027, Sherrie Sprenger 2025; Dist. Atty. Douglas Marteeny 2025; Assess. Andy Stevens 2025; Clerk, Marcie Richey, 2027; Justice of the Peace Jessica K. Meyer 2027; Sheriff Michelle Duncan 2027; Surv. Thomas Casey 2025; Treas. Michelle Hawkins 2025; Co. Admin. Darrin L. Lane