Dorena, Oregon

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Dorena
Unincorporated community
Dorena Mercantile
Dorena Mercantile
Dorena is located in Oregon
Dorena
Dorena
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 43°43′11″N 122°51′43″W / 43.71972°N 122.86194°W / 43.71972; -122.86194Coordinates: 43°43′11″N 122°51′43″W / 43.71972°N 122.86194°W / 43.71972; -122.86194
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lane
Elevation[1] 922 ft (281 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97434
Area code(s) 458 and 541
GNIS feature ID 1141192

Dorena is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located southeast of Cottage Grove on the Row River, a tributary of the Coast Fork Willamette River.

History[edit]

The first settlers arrived in the Dorena area in the 1850s and depended on agriculture to survive, but later logging and gold mining became the mainstays of the local economy.[2] Dorena was named by combining the first names of Dora Burnette and Rena Martin.[3] Dorena school was built in 1896,[4] and Dorena post office was established in 1899.[3] In 1946, the town was abandoned when the Corps of Engineers began construction of Dorena Dam on the Row River for flood control.[3][4] The Corps relocated approximately one hundred homes from the town's former site at 43°46′32″N 122°55′38″W / 43.77556°N 122.92722°W / 43.77556; -122.92722.[5] The dam was completed in 1949 and created Dorena Reservoir, which flooded the townsite.[3] The community was moved five miles upriver.[3]

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, Dorena has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6]

Transportation[edit]

The Row River Trail, a rails to trails conversion of a former Oregon, Pacific and Eastern Railway line, passes through Dorena.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dorena, Oregon". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  2. ^ "The Challenges of a New Place: 'June 21. Rained hard.'". Center for Columbia River History. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  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. 298. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  4. ^ a b "Our Schools: Dorena". South Lane School District. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Dorena Dam". Center for Columbia River History. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Dorena, Oregon
  7. ^ "Welcome to the Row River Trail". City of Cottage Grove. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 

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