Historic Walking Tours

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The Society is the only local organization offering historic walking tours of Lake Oswego. The three tours listed below are offered at no charge, but donations are gladly accepted. Instead of set dates, tours will be arranged to accommodate your schedule. There is a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 25 participants. If you have the minimum number of participants and would like to arrange a tour, please contact us.

Five Families of Old Town Walking Tour

These five families came to Oswego for different reasons — an Oregon Trail pioneer, an ironworker who migrated from the east, a suffragette, an executive, and an immigrant. They came from as far away as the Portuguese Island of Madeira and as close as Iowa. The common denominator is that all of them, or their descendants, chose to stay, make Oswego their home, and contribute significantly to the community, the region, and even the state. Marylou Colver, Lake Oswego Preservation Society president, is the tour leader. Meet at the southeast corner of Leonard and Durham Streets.

“Blockbuster” A Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Commercial Buildings

Lake Oswego, one of the oldest towns in Clackamas County, has a number of historic, downtown commercial buildings, yet little has been done to showcase these treasures until now. The Lake Oswego Preservation Society is offering the “Blockbuster” walking tour which features 14 buildings that span nearly 100 years from 1875 to 1962. All of these buildings have a story to tell. Collectively, they communicate our community’s history and they make Lake Oswego unique. Join Marylou Colver, Lake Oswego Preservation Society president, for an educational and entertaining tour! Meet at Sundeleaf Plaza next to the Lake Theater.


“We had a wonderful time on your fabulous Blockbuster walking tour. Thank you so much for sharing your time and your talent with us. We learned a lot of new things about places practically in our own backyard!”

“I highly recommend it. I will always look at the buildings we viewed with a new and better eye. I learned so much interesting information about our city core!”

“Live Where You Play” A Walking Tour of Historic Iron Mountain Boulevard

Did you know that the Oswego Lake Country Club was once a cow pasture? Iron Mine Farm was home to William M. Ladd’s prize Guernsey livestock. The transition from farmland to a golf course began in 1923 and was completed in 1925. Architect designed homes in park-like settings surrounding the Oswego Lake Country Club fulfilled the Ladd Estate Company’s “Live Where You Play” promise. Join the Lake Oswego Preservation Society’s walking tour to learn about the historic homes that line Iron Mountain Boulevard and their important place in the history of our residential development. Lake Oswego Preservation Society president, Marylou Colver, is the tour leader. Meet near the driveway entrance to the Oswego Lake Country Club. Note: Please do not park in the Country Club’s lot unless you are a member.