Clackamas County, Oregon Rivers and Waterways
Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them.
Abernethy Creek This stream rises at an elevation of abut 1100 feet ten miles southesat of Oregon City, and flows into the Willamette River at Oregon City. It was named for George Abernethy, first governor of Oregon under the provisional government. He was elected to this position on June 3, 1845. George Abernethy once owned the island in the Willamette River at the edge of Willamette Falls at Oregon City. It was formerly known as Governors Island but is now known as Abernethy Island. In 1924 Proessor Edwin T. Hodge of the University of Oregon applied the name Abernethy Island to a geographic feature in the lava fields near McKenzie Pass.This was also commemoration of Governor Abernethy. The Southern Pacific Comany sected the name Abernethy for a section in Lane County on the Cascade line in honor of Governor George Abernethy.
Willamette River, Cities and Towns: Oregon City, West Linn
Oregon Geographic Names FHLC