Barlow is an unincorporated community located in Clackamas County
, south of Portland
, between Canby
along Hwy 99 E., on the banks of the Molalla River.
The early pioneers settled in Banks around 1840 using Government donation land claims of 640 acres each. The Peyton Wilkes land claim is the site of the present town of Banks. The area was named after the son of the man who opened the Barlow Ranger District around Mount Hood. In 1910, 100 Japanese families came to Banks and started raising strawberries.
Barlow is part of the Portland-Vancouver, Oregon-WA metro area.
Area attractions include: Molalla River State Park, Willamette River, Memorial State Park, Charbonneau, Frontier and Langdon Farms Golf Courses, Historic Barlow House, Fir Pointe Farms, St. Josef's Wine Cellar Winery. There are also many farms, dairies and livestock operations located in Barlow.