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Independence is situated in the Willamette Valley two miles east of Monmouth, and lies southwest of Salem along Hwy 51 and the banks of the Willamette River.

Independence was founded by pioneers who migrated from Independence, Missouri. It was named by Mrs. Thomas Burbank, wife of one of the earliest pioneers, who settled two miles south of the city.

Today's residents of Independence make their livings as business people, educators, farmers and loggers. As in days past, agriculture and wood products continue to be major forces in the economy. Fruit and nut orchards, vineyards, grass and grain fields are mixed among the Christmas trees and livestock farms. There are still many family members living here whose families migrated to the "Land at Eden's Gate" as early as 1844.

There is also an Independence, Virginia.

Independence is part of the Salem, Oregon metro area.

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06/09 Coming to The area
Water Music Festival Seaview WA April1 The Water Music Festival is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality chamber music to the Lower Columbia River Region.
Astoria-Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival Warrenton OR April26 Crab and seafood as well as entertainment. Listen to the Astoria HS Jazz Band on Sunday.
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower and Music Festival Eugene OR May19 A day of wildflowers, music, food, crafts, and microscopes!
Rhododendron Days Florence OR May17-19 The annual celebration of the blooming of rhododendrons along the central Oregon Coast.
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.