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Toledo, Oregon 


Surrounded by scenic tree lined hills and nestled along a bend in the Yaquina River, Toledo is home to approximately 3,600 people. This historic town descends over tree covered hillsides to meet the river. Toledo is one of the few cities in Oregon that has a true downtown on a city street that is not on a throughway or highway. Antiques, art galleries and studios, gift shops selling the work of local crafters, and a unique collection of independent businesses and restaurants make Toledo an interesting and unique place to visit. 

​When coastal wind and fog roll along the beaches, Toledo often stays warm and sunny due to our inland location just a short distance from the coast. Thus, Toledo enjoys summer temperatures 10 to 15 degrees warmer than those in nearby Newport.

Several world-class artists make their homes here, taking inspiration from the small-town atmosphere and beautiful river, estuary, and rural vistas. We invite you to browse our website and come visit our community. For brochures and other information by mail, We invite you to bookmark this website and return often to see what Toledo has to offer.

Toledo's Seasons

The City of Toledo celebrates the seasons with brilliance and artistic design, every season offers a spectacular vision of history and past in harmony.  The downtown offers a five-block easily walked area, including two observation decks on Main Street for views of Toledo's riverfront and heritage train display. From May to October the town's core is blooming with more than sixty hanging flower baskets of unusual size and beauty which bloom continually throughout the season. The baskets are donated by community members, businesses and organizations and have been favorably compared to those in Victoria, B.C. The flower plantings grow to more than two feet in width and can nearly trail to the sidewalks.

A Thursday street market is held each week in the summer on Toledo's downtown sidewalks, bringing shoppers to stroll the street and purchase fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and local handcrafts. Local musicians play live music at noon on the north Main Street deck during the market. In the fall, the downtown is decorated with fall-themed grapevine wreaths and many businesses and local groups create scarecrow displays during Toledo's Scarecrow Festival.

Christmas finds Toledo beautifully decorated with large lighted wreaths donated and decorated by community members. Businesses and organizations create lighted displays for the enjoyment of all. A lighted holiday parade gets everyone into the spirit on the second Saturday in December during Toledo's Hometown Holiday. In February, residents may publicly declare their devotion by having their sweetheart's name inscribed on a  "street valentines" which adorn each downtown street lamp.


Recreation

Toledo restaurants offer traditional American diner style menus at Timbers on Main street as well as flavorful slow smoked meats at Stu Miller's Pigfeathers Barbeque.

View our Toledo Centennial Mosaic Mural - Largest outdoor mosaic mural in the Northwest! Shop for antiques & gifts. Dine in a cozy restaurant. Enjoy river recreation. Go birdwatching. Visit art galleries. Check out the Railroad Heritage Display. Explore Toledo History Center. Skate at Toledo's state-of-the-art Skatepark. Go Bowling Golf at Olalla Valley Golf Course. Go swimming at Toledo's Municipal Pool. Take a scenic drive down the Yaquina Bay Road. Enjoy our community events. Go Kayaking or fishing from our public boat launches at South Bay Road, Cannon Quarry Park, or Elk City Campground.

Toledo enjoys warm temperatures in summer in its sheltered location on the Yaquina River six miles inland from Newport. River recreation is accessible from the Port of Toledo's public boat launch on South Bay Road just south of Toledo. The port developed Toledo's waterfront by installing a viewing platform over Depot Slough near the port office on First Street, and constructing a boardwalk along the riverfront during 2004. Upriver, fishing and kayaking are favorite sports on the Yaquina and Big Elk Rivers.

County parks offer boat launching, picnic facilities and camping upriver from Toledo on the way to Elk City. The river offers beautiful scenery and birdwatching and cycling opportunities along the North Yaquina Bay Road, which begins in Toledo and follows the river to Yaquina Bay in Newport following the original path of the Oregon Pacific Railroad, the first transit route into Lincoln County built in the 1880's.

​Toledo's Public Library, Toledo's Skate Park, the Public indoor pool, The City Park, and a hiking trail are all located catty corner from Main Street's shopping and restaurants. Conveniently, these great family activities are all securely located next to the Toledo Police Department, so families can play under the watchful protection of Toledo's finest. 


Historical Information 

Settled in 1866, Toledo shows its historical roots in our town center, where many buildings date from the early 1900's.  The City Hall was built in 1930 in the Art Deco style and just down the street you will find the Toledo History Center displaying a variety of artifacts and era photographs depicting its pioneering roots around its timber, railroad, boat building and dairy farming history .


Toledo's harbor is a repair port for many of the hardworking ships and vessels that bring fresh seafood to our tables. The inland harbor offers sheltered moorage at the Port of Toledo's docks.


Toledo still has an active railway as freight trains come and go on a daily basis along one of the most often traveled short line rails in Oregon.  The "Toledo Hauler" services Georgia-Pacific's pulp mill located a short distance down the tracks; the second largest employer in Lincoln County.  "G-P" is also the "top recycler" in the state, using 1 billion pounds of used cardboard to make container board annually.


As visitors travel down Main Street, its like a walk through history with store fronts and building facades spanning every generations and genra of architectural style.


Residents and visitors enjoy discovering the inventive displays, from scarecrow linemen at the local utility office to scarecrow engineers at the display of "One Spot", Toledo's 1922 Baldwin Steam Engine, the last steam logger in Oregon now on permanent display near Toledo's waterfront.


A dedicated group of railroad historians, Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society, has installed the engine, an RPO mail car, and a restored 1906 wooden caboose near Toledo Post Office. The society restored the mail car to be used as a railroad interpretive museum, including a restoration of the mail sorting section of the car. The volunteers are available to answer questions each Saturday as they continue their work interpreting the rail history of Lincoln County.


ARTS & CULTURE

Several world-class artists, crafters, photographers, sculptors, and writers make their homes in Toledo, taking inspiration from the small-town atmosphere, our beautiful river, estuaries, and rural vistas.   Some have converted downtown commercial and residential space into working studios with retail shops on the street level. Landscape artists such as Ivan Kelly and Michael Gibbons open their homes during monthly "First Weekends" in addition to over 40 such creative types that hold open studios during Art Walk each year over Labor Day weekend or "Chamber After Hours" events.

Toledo is host to several other annual events including the Toledo Summer Festival, celebrating the timber industry roots of this pioneering town.  The fireworks display at the Toledo Summer Festival is the best small town display in the Northwest!

The Summer Festival includes a great parade, logging show, carnival, and dances. The Antique Street Fair on the first Sunday in August sees Main Street converted into a pedestrian zone for the day as antique dealers from all over the Northwest set up booths along the street for the day. A quilt show and a folk music festival accompany the fair, and classic car owners show their antique and classic cars. The railroad society puts on a demonstration of all their restored equipment during the street fair, encouraging folks to try out the velocipede (a bicycle with an outrigger that runs on the tracks) and take a ride on the restored sixteen man crew car.

Toledo Folk Music Club brings folk musicians from around the country and the world to Toledo for intimate "house concerts". The club schedules concerts at a local church, and also organizes music for the Antique Street Fair and noon concerts at the street market each Wednesday in the summer.