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Columbia City is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It was named for its location on the Columbia River. The population was 1,946 at the 2010 census.
Columbia City was founded in 1867 by Jacob and Joseph Caples. In 1870, the town had aspirations of becoming the terminus for Ben Holladay's Willamette Valley railroad. The same year, Portland became the terminus of the west-side line, but the railroad never reached Columbia City. Columbia City post office was established in 1871. In 1902 the Columbia and Nehalem Valley Railroad was built as a forest railway towards Yankton.
During World War 1 Columbia City built ships for the war effort, which was run by the Sommartson Shipbuilding Co. Sommartson Shipbuilding Co.