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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. 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.
The community is served by the Oregon City School District, Canby School District, Colton School District, and Molalla River School District. Beavercreek Elementary School is located in the hamlet.
Points of interest
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 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).
- "American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
- "Sign in to OregonLive.com". The Oregonian.
- "The Bylaws of the Hamlet of Beavercreek" (PDF). Clackamas County. 2007-03-28.
- "Oregon City School District home page".
- "Colton School District".
- "Molalla School District".
- Washingtonpost.com: Three Held in Assault on Kerrigan
- Ava Helen Pauling
- Hamlet of Beavercreek (official website, hosted on meetup.com)
- Beavercreek official page at Clackamas County website