Pistol River, Oregon

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This article is about the community in Oregon. For the nearby stream, see Pistol River.
Pistol River
Unincorporated community
Pistol River is located in Oregon
Pistol River
Pistol River
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°16′38″N 124°23′37″W / 42.27722°N 124.39361°W / 42.27722; -124.39361Coordinates: 42°16′38″N 124°23′37″W / 42.27722°N 124.39361°W / 42.27722; -124.39361
Country United States
State Oregon
County Curry
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97444
Area code(s) 458 and 541

Pistol River (Tolowa: chvt-ler’sh-chvn-dvn taa-ghii~-li~’ [1]) is an unincorporated community in Curry County, Oregon, United States. It is located near the Pistol River and the Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, just off U.S. Route 101.

The community of Pistol River takes its name from the stream of the same name. James Mace, a militia soldier, lost a pistol in the river in 1853, during a skirmish of the Rogue River Wars, and it has been known as Pistol River since then. The Pistol River post office was established in 1927.[2][3]

The Pistol River area is known for its windsurfing, with the national championships having been held there several times.[3]

Pistol River has a concert association that has hosted a monthly concert, often featuring nationally known acts, since 1982.[4]


  1. ^ "Siletz Talking Dictionary". Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  2. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 767. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  3. ^ a b "Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2006-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Pistol River Concert Association". Retrieved 2006-11-13. 

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