Gales Creek, Oregon

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Gales Creek
Unincorporated community
Store in Gales Creek
Store in Gales Creek
Gales Creek is located in Oregon
Gales Creek
Gales Creek
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 45°35′12″N 123°12′49″W / 45.58667°N 123.21361°W / 45.58667; -123.21361Coordinates: 45°35′12″N 123°12′49″W / 45.58667°N 123.21361°W / 45.58667; -123.21361
Country United States
State Oregon
County Washington
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Gales Creek is an unincorporated community in Washington County, Oregon, United States on Oregon Route 8 northwest of Forest Grove in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range.

Gales Creek shares its name with a stream, a tributary of the Tualatin River, that was named for pioneer Joseph Gale, who settled in the area[1] The locale was sometimes called Gales City.[1] Gales Creek post office was established in 1874.[1] In the 19th century the town was the last stagecoach stop on the way to Tillamook.[2] Gales Creek Elementary School was established in 1859 and is served by the Forest Grove School District. The community is part of the Forest Grove Rural Fire Protection District, and includes a fire station.[3]


  1. ^ a b c 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. 
  2. ^ "Pioneer History: Churches of Christ & Christian Churches in the Pacific Northwest: Washington County, Oregon". Northwest College of the Bible. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  3. ^ "County Bridges & Fire District Boundaries." (PDF). Washington County. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Church in Gales Creek