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Tangent is in central Linn County, the first community south of Albany on Highway 99E. Highway 34, between Corvallis and Lebanon, passes east-west through the town.

This station on the Southern Pacific line south of Albany was named because of the long stretch of straight track to the north and south. This tangent is over 20 miles long. Tangent's post office was established September 17, 1872.

The nearbyWillamette River offers a plethera of Fishing, Boating and River Tours. Hiking, Skiing, Hunting and Shooting are always favorites throughout Oregons always popular Coast and Cascade Mountain Ranges. Tangent is close to the civic centers of Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, Portland, while also being mid-way between Oregon State University and University of Oregon.

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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.
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