Alsea, Oregon

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Alsea, Oregon
Unincorporated community & census-designated place
Alsea Mercantile
Alsea Mercantile
Alsea, Oregon is located in Oregon
Alsea, Oregon
Alsea, Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 44°22′53″N 123°35′47″W / 44.38139°N 123.59639°W / 44.38139; -123.59639Coordinates: 44°22′53″N 123°35′47″W / 44.38139°N 123.59639°W / 44.38139; -123.59639
Country United States
State Oregon
County Benton
Named for Alsea River
Elevation 292 ft (89 m)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97324
Area code(s) 541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[1]

Alsea is census-designated place and unincorporated community in Benton County, Oregon, United States. It is located on Oregon Route 34 and the Alsea River. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 164.[2]

Alsea was named for the Alsea River, whose name was a corruption of "Alsi" (also spelled "Ulseah" and "Alsiias") the name of a Native American tribe, now known as the Alsea, that lived at the mouth of the river. The Alsea area was settled by Europeans early as 1855, when the name "Alseya Settlement" appeared on the Surveyor General's map. Alsea post office was established in 1871.[3]

In the early 1850s settlers moved from the Willamette Valley into the Alsea area to take up donation land claims.[4] While logging was once the primary industry in Alsea, it is now known as a place for fishing on Alsea River, particularly for steelhead,[5] and a favorite stopping point on a well traveled cycling loop.[6]

Alsea is home to the Hayden Bridge, a historic covered bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[7]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Alsea has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[8]


  1. ^ "Alsea". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 878. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  4. ^ "Alsea Falls Recreation Site" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management, Salem District. Retrieved December 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Our Town 2004–2005: Who We Are Today". Mid-Valley News (Mid-Valley Online). Archived from the original on May 1, 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Alsea Falls Loop". The Travel Oregon Network. 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved December 24, 2009. 
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Alsea, Oregon

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