Belknap Springs, Oregon

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Belknap Springs
Unincorporated community
Hot Springs sign
Hot Springs sign
Belknap Springs is located in Oregon
Belknap Springs
Belknap Springs
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 44°11′26″N 122°2′53″W / 44.19056°N 122.04806°W / 44.19056; -122.04806Coordinates: 44°11′26″N 122°2′53″W / 44.19056°N 122.04806°W / 44.19056; -122.04806
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lane
Established 1875
Founded by Rollin Simeon Belknap
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97413
Area code(s) 458 and 541
GNIS feature ID 1136054

Belknap Springs is an unincorporated community and private hot springs resort in Lane County, Oregon, United States, near the McKenzie River. The springs were located and initially developed by R. S. Belknap in 1869. A post office named "Salt Springs" was established in the location in 1874, and the name changed to "Belknap Springs" in 1875.[1] The post office closed in 1877 and reopened in 1891, operating intermittently until 1953.[1] Today the location uses a McKenzie Bridge mailing address.

Belknap Hot Spring[edit]

Belknap Hot Spring itself is located across the McKenzie River from the resort at 44°11′39″N 122°3′4″W / 44.19417°N 122.05111°W / 44.19417; -122.05111 (Belknap Hot Spring). The water is piped to the resort.

Touted as a mineral spa in the late 19th century, since then the resort site has gone through several changes of ownership and had various improvements made to it, including the addition of a hotel (currently a lodge) and cabins, forming a summer resort community. The resort has been almost continuously open to the public since the 1870s, except for a period of closure from 1968-1978.

Climate[edit]

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Belknap Springs has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[2]

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