Crowley, Polk County, Oregon

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Crowley is an unincorporated community in Polk County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located east of Oregon Route 99W, about 4 miles north of Rickreall.[2]

Crowley was a station on the Southern Pacific Railroad between Derry and McCoy, established in 1892 as "Crowleys" and named for Solomon Kimsey Crowley.[2][3] Crowley, who was born in Missouri in 1833, came west in 1852 and settled in the Oak Grove area of Polk County in 1855.[3][4][5] The "s" was dropped from the name of the station in 1898.[3] The rail line is now owned by the Portland and Western Railroad, but Crowley is no longer a station.[6] Crowley post office ran intermittently from 1881 to 1904.[3] There was later a Crowley post office in Malheur County.[3]


  1. ^ "Crowley". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d e McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 256. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  4. ^ "Solomon K. Crowley". The History of the Willamette Valley, Being a Description of the Valley and its Resources, with an Account of its Discovery and Settlement by White Men, and its Subsequent History; Together with Personal Reminiscences of its Early Pioneers. Portland, Oregon: Geo. H. Himes, Book and Job Printer. 1885. p. 758. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Flora, Stephenie. "Emigrants of 1855". Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Freight Tariff PNWR 9500". Portland & Western Railroad, Inc. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hines, H. K. (1893). Illustrated History of the State of Oregon. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. p. 1012. 

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Coordinates: 44°58′42″N 123°12′29″W / 44.978451°N 123.208157°W / 44.978451; -123.208157