Pinehurst, Oregon

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Pinehurst is an unincorporated community in Jackson County, Oregon, United States, on Oregon Route 66 (OR 66) about 25 miles southeast of Ashland.[1] It is located on Jenny Creek near Round Prairie between the Siskiyou Mountains and the foothills of the Cascade Range.

History[edit]

Pinehurst was one of the small sawmill towns along an early stagecoach and wagon freight route between the Rogue Valley and the Klamath Basin.[2] This road, also known as the Green Springs Highway, was the original route of the Applegate Trail.[3][4] The name "Pinehurst" comes from the word "pine" and the Old English word hurst, meaning woods.[5] Pinehurst is named for its location in a Ponderosa Pine belt.[2][6]

In 1878, there was a post office in the Pinehurst area named "Pioneer"; it closed in 1882.[5] The nearby post office named "Shake" established in 1886 was moved and renamed "Pinehurst" in 1911.[5] In 1915, Pinehurst had a population of 20 and a public school.[6] By 1940, Pinehurst had a population of ten.[2][6] An inn at the town was formerly the supper stop on the Greyhound bus route between Ashland and Klamath Falls until it burned down.[6] As of 1990 the only structure in the community was a two-story log structure dating to the 1920s.[6][7] The log building was a roadhouse that was built when OR 66 bypassed the former Applegate Trail route.[8] As of 2010, the building was a bed and breakfast—the Historic Pinehurst Inn.[3]

The original stagecoach stop was the 1904 ranch house at Green Springs Box R Ranch in the Pinehurst area.[9] It is also run as a bed and breakfast.[10]

The nearby Buckhorn Mineral Springs Resort is a historic mineral spa on the National Register of Historic Places.

Education[edit]

Pinehurst School, which is about two miles west of the community, in an area known as Lincoln, is the only school in the Pinehurst School District.[4][11] It serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade.[4] The 1908 school building is recognized by Jackson County as having primary historical significance.[11][12]

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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, Pinehurst has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pinehurst". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Oregon (1940). Oregon: End of the Trail. American Guide Series. Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort. p. 441. OCLC 4874569. 
  3. ^ a b "Historic Pinehurst Inn". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  4. ^ a b c "Welcome to Pinehurst School". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 755. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 
  7. ^ "History". Historic Pinehurst Inn. Retrieved 201-01-15. 
  8. ^ Off the Beaten Path Oregon: A Guide to Unique Places. 
  9. ^ "Green Springs Box R Ranch". 
  10. ^ Juillerat, Lee (June 14, 2005). "A world taste, on Highway 66". Herald and News. Retrieved 201-01-15. 
  11. ^ a b Achen, Paris (February 8, 2008). "Tell a Tale". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  12. ^ "Cultural and Historical Resource Survey". Jackson County, Oregon. 1992. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  13. ^ Climate Summary for Pinehurst, Oregon

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Coordinates: 42°07′04″N 122°21′58″W / 42.117639°N 122.366132°W / 42.117639; -122.366132