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The County seat of Hood River County, Hood River, Oregon, is a port on the Columbia River. The Columbia River Valley was first explored in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who named the glacial stream they found there Hood River. The settlement was named after the river, and the first permanent settlers to arrive were Nathaniel Coe and his family, who filed a donation land claim. He was the first person to plant fruit trees in the Valley. Shortly after the Coes arrived, William Jenkins and his family and the Denson family ended up in the vicinity, and together, they formed the community. By 1880, seventeen families were living in the area. Named after the Hood River itself, the first post office was established in 1858, and the city was incorporated in 1895. Once part of Wasco County, Hood River was named the seat of Hood River County when the County was begun.

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