Situated in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains
, Sweet Home can be found south of Lebanon
, along Highway 20
and the South Santiam River
This community was originally a "timber town", while now serving as a gateway to tremendous recreational opportunities created by the middle and south forks of the river.
Many murals grace buildings in Sweet Home, where there are as many as seven painted on buildings along Main Street, and two others are painted on local schools.
The first settlers arrived in 1851, but the town didn't grow quickly until the railroad arrived in 1932. The current population is over 7,000.
The Weddle Bridge, a community restoration project, that adjoins historic Sankey Park, is not only a favorite location for weddings, anniversary parties, music and dances, but also the background for the annual The Oregon Jamboree. Recognized as the biggest country music festival in the Northwest, the Oregon Jamboree more than doubles the population of Sweet Home for 3 days in August.