Pop. 1,129

Founded in February 1906 with the arrival of the Oregon Shortline Railroad, Ashton draws its name from the railroad’s chief construction engineer, William Ashton. William and his son settled in the area after the OSL shifted its tracks two miles west of Marysville to avoid the high priced right-of-way in that area. A month after the railroad arrived, the town was incorporated.

The town’s original railroad economy has long since shifted to agriculture. Recognized as the world’s largest seed-potato producing region, Ashton’s economy is dependent upon potatoes. In fact, every fall the school kids are released for a two to ten week period where they spend time helping their family and neighbors harvest the area’s average 11,000 planted acres of potatoes. Canola, peas, hay, wheat, and barley are also raised in the area fields.

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