About: Albany, Oregon
Located 25 miles south of Salem, Oregon, Albany has been referred to as the "rare metals capital of the world," due to its production of zirconium, hafnium and titanium. One of its major exports is grass seed and the other crops they produce are corn, beans, mint, strawberries, and hazelnuts. After buying the townsite for $400 and a horse, founding brothers Walter and Thomas Monteith named it after their hometown in New York.
Local Newspapers: Albany Democrat-Herald
Local Sports Teams: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (minor league baseball), Salem Stampede (International Basketball League), Cascade Surge, (PDL, soccer)
Local Colleges: Linn-Benton Community College