Beavercreek, Oregon

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Beavercreek
Hamlet
Beavercreek is located in Oregon
Beavercreek
Beavercreek
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 45°17′17″N 122°32′4″W / 45.28806°N 122.53444°W / 45.28806; -122.53444Coordinates: 45°17′17″N 122°32′4″W / 45.28806°N 122.53444°W / 45.28806; -122.53444
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clackamas
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 4,485
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97004

Beavercreek is a hamlet and census-designated place in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, located 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Oregon City. The population was 4,485 at the 2010 census.[1]

History[edit]

According to Oregon Geographic Names, the name "Beaver Creek" was first used for a school district in this area in the early 1850s. It was named for the creek that flows through the community and into the Willamette River. A post office operated under various names in the locality until 1922, when the name was changed to Beavercreek, the form still used today. Beavercreek's ZIP code is 97004.

In the summer of 2006, the citizens of Beavercreek voted to become Oregon's first hamlet, a system of quasi-government which exists in Oregon. A final hearing by the board of county commissioners on the formation of the hamlet took place in September 2006, and officially recognized the community as the Hamlet of Beavercreek.[2] The hamlet holds monthly community meetings at the Beavercreek Grange hall, except for quarterly town hall meetings, which may be held at other locations to accommodate attendance; frequently Beavercreek Elementary School is used.[3]

Education[edit]

The community is served by the Oregon City School District,[4] Canby School District,[5] Colton School District,[6] and Molalla River School District.[7] Beavercreek Elementary School is located in the hamlet.[4]

Points of interest[edit]

Miller House[edit]

Just after 1900, the Miller family built a farm house on the corner of what is now Ridge Road and Lower Highland Road. The home was moved to keep it from being destroyed and is being restored by current Beavercreek residents Rick and Kassandra Young. The Miller House[8] was the childhood home of Ava Helen Miller, who married Linus Pauling, the only person to be awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes (for chemistry in 1954 and for peace in 1962).

Geocaching[edit]

Beavercreek is the birthplace of geocaching. The first documented placement of a GPS-located cache took place on May 3, 2000, by Dave Ulmer of Beavercreek a few miles west of the community.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

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