Macleay, Oregon

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Macleay is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Oregon, United States, about nine miles east of downtown Salem in the Waldo Hills near the Little Pudding River.[1]

This locale was originally named "Stipp" for local settler John L. Stipp, whose land claim was just west of present-day Macleay.[2] Stipp donated the land for what is now known as the Stipp Memorial Cemetery.[2] Stipp post office was established in 1880, and the name changed to "Macleay" in 1882.[2] Donald Macleay was a prominent merchant of Portland, and along with fellow Scot William Reid, was one of the investors in the narrow-gauge Oregonian Railway Company, which was built through the area.[2][3] Macleay gave money to build a schoolhouse in the Stipp area, near the new railroad station, so the post office was renamed in his honor.[2] Macleay was platted in 1884.[4] Macleay post office ran until 1939.[2]

Ownership of the railroad line passed on to Southern Pacific and today it is owned by Union Pacific.[5] The Macleay Country Store has been in operation since 1916.[3] The community also has an active Grange hall, a fire station,[6] and the former school currently serves as a church.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Macleay". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f 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. 
  3. ^ a b Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 382. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 
  4. ^ "Rural Development". Marion County, Oregon. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Macleay Community Plan". Marion County, Oregon. May 2000. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  6. ^ "Station 4". Marion County Rural Fire District #1. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 

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Coordinates: 44°54′28″N 122°53′14″W / 44.9078988°N 122.8873142°W / 44.9078988; -122.8873142