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Deadwood was named after Deadwood Creek, a tributary of the Siuslaw River. Deadwood Creek was so-named because of the dead timber snags next to its banks, which had resulted from a series of wildfires in the area. Deadwood post office was established in 1884. The post office was discontinued to the community of Greenleaf in 1914, but was reestablished in 1950.
Deadwood is the home of Alpha Farm, an intentional community established in 1971. The farm owns the Alpha Bit, a café and book/gift store in Mapleton. Other residents include the artists Ernie and Mary Lou Goertzen who lived in the old Deadwood schoolhouse from 1975.
- McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956.
- Alpha Farm (official website)
- Gatton, Dee Dee (May 1, 2014). "Alpha Farm: 'There are only two rules: no guns, no hard drugs'". KVAL-TV. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- "Ernest "Ernie" Goertzen". Mennonite Weekly Review. September 2004. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
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