Glasgow, Oregon

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Glasgow, Oregon
Coordinates: 43°26′04″N 124°12′40″W / 43.4345571°N 124.2112245°W / 43.4345571; -124.2112245Coordinates: 43°26′04″N 124°12′40″W / 43.4345571°N 124.2112245°W / 43.4345571; -124.2112245
Country United States
State Oregon
County Coos
Elevation 95[1] ft (29 m)
Population (2010)U.S. Census
 • Total 763[2]
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature ID 2611732

Glasgow is an unincorporated community in Coos County, Oregon, United States.[1] For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Glasgow as a census-designated place (CDP).[3] The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. The place name for Glasgow in the Coos language is Kdet.[4]

Glasgow is located on the north side of Coos Bay, about 6 miles north of the city of Coos Bay, just east of U.S. Route 101.[5][6]

The community was founded by real estate speculators in the 1890s, including Henry L. Pittock, Phil Metschan, and Admiral Schley of the Pacific Coal & Transportation Company.[5] The community did not flourish until 30 years after its founding, when construction of Route 101 made Glasgow the northern terminus of the ferry[7] from North Bend, which was used to cross the bay prior to the completion of the Coos Bay Bridge.[5][8][9] The place was supposedly named by a Scot because it reminded him of Glasgow, Scotland, but the authors of Oregon Geographic Names were unable to verify this.[5]

Glasgow has a store and a Grange hall, the North Bayside Grange, also known as the Glasgow Grange, that was built in 1928.[10][11] A humorous sign at the store states that the community's population is "275.5", the .5 for store owner and "Self-proclaimed mayor", Jack S. Stevens.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ a b "Glasgow". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "American Fact Finder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Glasgow Census Designated Place". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. April 14, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hanis for Beginners". Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. 2001. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 404. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  6. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 51. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  7. ^ The Roosevelt until 1929, and the Oregon until 1936.
  8. ^ "A Selective Chronology of South Coast History: 1900 - Present". Coos Historical & Maritime Museum. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ Hull, Lise (2007). Coos County. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 0-7385-4803-0. 
  10. ^ "The Glasgow Gathering is here…". Idyltime. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Oregon State News of General Interest". The Times (Brownsville, Oregon). August 30, 1928. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Glasgow, Oregon". Population Signs on Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Glasgow, Scotland meet Glasgow, Oregon". KCBY. June 8, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ Musicar, Jessica (June 18, 2009). "From Glasgow to Glasgow". The World. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 

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