Oregon, Illinois is a picturesque community situated on the banks of the Rock River in Ogle County. Originally certified as Oregon City on Dec 4, 1838 by the Ogle County Clerk, the population in 2005 was listed at 4,163. Traveling the area in and around Oregon you will find many interesting historical markers. A collection of historical photos can be found on our Flickr page. Many of the homes and churches in the photos can still be seen today.
A rich history of farming and commerce can be discovered at the local history museum, The Ogle County Historical Society. Art continues to be appreciated and created in this community having roots back to the Eagles Nest Art Colony founded by sculptor Lorado Taft in 1898.
Oregon, IL is a great community in which to live, work or just a great place to getaway to and play. Beautiful scenery, great city and state parks, unique shopping and eateries. Hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and sporting activities are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Two hotels as well as outstanding bed and breakfast choices offer lodging for everyone as they visit Oregon. Those that prefer camping will find two Illinois State parks and several private campgrounds nearby.
You will find good schools, many churches, active civic organizations and service clubs all filled with community pride and spirit. The Oregon Park District offers amazing recreation facilities with state of the art fitness equipment, pool and much more. Two golf courses are available for play.