Bridge, Oregon

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Bridge is an unincorporated community in Coos County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is about eleven miles east of Myrtle Point on Oregon Route 42 near the Middle Fork Coquille River.[2]

A post office two miles west of this locale was named "Angora" and ran from August 1883 until May 1894.[3] There had previously been a post office named "Enchanted Prairie" from 1870 to 1883 when the name was changed to Angora and moved to the home of the new postmaster.[3] Angora post office moved twice more, each time to the home of the current postmaster.[3] Bridge post office was established in July 1894, named for a nearby bridge over the river.[3][4] The Post Office Department did not approve reestablishing the name Angora, and later a post office by that name was established in Lincoln County.[3] Bridge post office closed in 1945.[3]

Bridge was stagecoach stop where horses were changed.[5] In 1915 the town had a creamery, sawmill, gristmill, school, and a Christian Church,[5][6] and in 1940 Bridge had a population of 39.[4] As of 1990, Bridge had a store and a tavern.[6] The Church of the Brethren owns Camp Myrtlewood south of Bridge.[7] The Christian Church, founded in 1900, now operates as the Bridge Community Church.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 52. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 25, 110, 331. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  4. ^ a b Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Oregon (1940). Oregon: End of the Trail. American Guide Series. Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort. p. 357. OCLC 4874569. 
  5. ^ a b c "Coastal Churches". Pioneer History to About 1900, Churches of Christ & Christian Churches in the Pacific Northwest. Northwest College of the Bible. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  6. ^ a b Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 230. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 
  7. ^ "Myrtle Point Historic Homes". Coquille Valley Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 

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Coordinates: 43°01′26″N 124°00′25″W / 43.023999°N 124.007041°W / 43.023999; -124.007041