The Sam Boardman homesteaded was built in the area in 1903. In 1917 Umatilla River irrigation water became available, and many homesteaders came to north Morrow County. A small town evolved on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Most businesses moved when the Highway was rebuilt a mile south of the original townsite in 1952.
In the 1960's, Boardman moved south again to avoid the rising lake behind the new John Day Dam. Boardman is now located in its third (hopefully final) location. This town has been one of Oregon's fastest growing in population.
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09/16 Coming to The area Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Fest Hood River OR May18-19 Start off the weekend with friends and fun featuring Columbia Gorge wineries and eateries. Highlights include entertainment, live music, wine tasting, great food, fruit exhibits with samples, and local artisans. Huckleberry Festival Bingen WA September6-8 Music, parade, kids games, entertainment.