ALBANY, OREGON A lbany,Oregon, the seat of Linn County and the 11th largest city in the state, is located in the Willamette Valley at the confluence of the Calapooia andWilla- mette rivers, just east of Corvallis, north of Eugene, and south of Salem and Portland. Nicknamed the “Hub of the Valley,”Albany is predominantly a farming and manufactur- ing city settled by European and American pioneers who travelled there via the Oregon Trail. The first of those settlers,Abner Hackleman, a farmer from Iowa, arrived in 1845. In 1847,Wal- ter and Thomas Monteith came all the way from their hometown of Albany,NewYork. The Hackleman and Monteith families became the town’s most prominent citizens–both built landmark THE HUB OF THE VALLEY