Like many towns in the Willamette Valley, Tigard was originally settled by several families, the most noteworthy being the Tigard family, headed by Wilson M. Tigard. Arriving in the area known as "East Butte" in 1852, the family settled and built the East Butte School, a general store, post office and meeting hall. East Butte was renamed Tigardville in 1886. In 1910, the arrival of the Oregon Electric Railway triggered the development of Main Street and pushed Tigardville into a period of growth, which would lead to its incorporation as a city in 1961. The town was renamed Tigard in 1907 by the railroad to distinguish it from nearby Wilsonville.
Tigard is a suburban community within the Portland Metropolitan area, located 10 miles southwest of Portland. Tigard consists of major commercial, industrial, high-tech and residential developments. The city of Tigard has attractive, well-planned neighborhoods with a variety of home styles to choose from. These homes are nestled in neighborhoods that range in characteristics, from comfortable older neighborhoods in beautiful condition and newer neighborhoods with architecturally diverse homes, condos, and townhomes.
Downtown Tigard possesses an historic charm and offers many quaint shops and eateries. Tigard is also home to Washington Square Mall, which houses over 170 retail stores and numerous restaurants. The newer Bridgeport Village is located where Tigard and Tualatin meet. The village is home to 90 shops and restaurants and is an open-air lifestyle center focused around outdoor pedestrian areas paved with brick.
On the banks of the Tualatin River, the 79-acre Cook Park is the largest park in Tigard and has something for everyone. Amenities include easy access for canoeing, kayaking, boating and fishing on miles of scenic waterways. For sporting events, baseball, softball and soccer fields along with basketball and volleyball courts are available to the public. The park also has horseshoe pits, playgrounds and several walking trails, bike paths and picnic areas.