The Municipality of Gresham was finally incorporated in 1905, the year of the Lewis & Clark Exposition. The city’s population stood at 365.
The lovely village of Gresham lies 12 miles out from Portland, in the midst of the valley. Train service to this point is hourly. It is the center of a spendid farming district. It is also the place of departure for sportsmen seeking the trout of Bull Run Creek, that picturesque mountain stream from the headwaters of which Portland derives its famous water supply. Farming, berry culture, grape growing, vegetable gardening and cherry growing are among the important small farm industries throughout the region. -- The Oregon Journal - July 18, 1909
These early settlers quickly spread out and many of their children were responsible for the growth of such adjacent communities as Barton, Boring, Bull Run, Corbett, Cottrell, Damascus, Deep Creek, Eagle Creek, Estacada, Fairview, Linnemann, Orient, Pleasant Home, Pleasant Valley, Rockwood, Sandy, Troutdale and others.