About Corvallis, Oregon

The city of Corvallis is the county seat of Benton County and is situated in the central western part of the state of Oregon. It was first named as Marysville by Joseph C. Avery, its founder. Avery was also the first postmaster in the city and served as a legislator in Provincial Government of the State of Oregon. Historians are wondering how Avery got the name for the community and initially thought that it was named after Mary Lloyd, the early settler of the town. Another speculation also came out that the name was derived from Marys Peak (the highest point at Benton County) after the Virgin Mary. It was in 1853 when the city’s name was changed to Corvallis, coming from the Latin phrase “cor vallis” which means “heart of the valley”, and later incorporated as a city on January 29, 1857. Corvallis was known for its famous slogan “Business is Good Here” which can be read on their official website. The main purpose of the slogan is to attract more businesses to the city and other creative industries as well. Today, the greatest contributors to the economy of the city are major employers such as Oregon State University, Hewlett-Packard, AVI BioPharma, Siga Technologies, CH2M HILL, ONAMI, and Evanite Fiber. On the other hand, the city is also home to some notable people like Brad Badger, NFL player; Meredith Brooks, singer, songwriter, and producer; Kevin Boss, NFL player for the New York Giants; James Cassidy, member of the band Information Society; Ralph Miller, basketball coach and enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame; and Jason Reed, actor and musician.

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