Prospect, Oregon

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Prospect
Unincorporated community
Prospect Hotel
Prospect Hotel
Prospect is located in Oregon
Prospect
Prospect
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°45′4″N 122°29′16″W / 42.75111°N 122.48778°W / 42.75111; -122.48778Coordinates: 42°45′4″N 122°29′16″W / 42.75111°N 122.48778°W / 42.75111; -122.48778
Country United States
State Oregon
County Jackson
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Prospect is an unincorporated community in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. It is along Oregon Route 62 on the Rogue River, in the Rogue River National Forest.

History[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 125
1940 125 0.0%
1950 500 300.0%
1960 500 0.0%
1970 200 −60.0%
1980 1,200 500.0%
1990 1,200 0.0%
source:[1]

Prospect began as a logging town; its first sawmill began operating in 1870.[2] Prospect had a post office established in 1882 that was first named "Deskins" after the first postmaster.[3] In 1888, there was a mill named Deskins Sawmill. The name of the community was changed to "Prospect" in 1889 because of plans made to run a railroad up the Rogue River, which would ostensibly improve the community's prospects.[3]

The Prospect Hotel, which opened in 1892, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[2][4]

As of 2013, the population of the community was 650.[2]

Local events and sites of interest[edit]

On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, Prospect holds the Mill Creek Memorial festival. It honors veterans with a parade, a flag retirement ceremony, live music and games for children. All the proceeds go to a fund to help vets.

In July Prospect hosts an airplane "fly-in" that helps support the Jackson County Search and Rescue, and in August a jamboree and timber carnival (a festival that includes lumberjack contests such as log rolling) are held.[2]

On the last weekend in September, Prospect hosts Music in the Mountains, a two-day festival of bluegrass, country, folk and Americana music on the grounds of the Prospect Hotel.[5]

Prospect is the site of the Prospect State Airport. The Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint is nearby.[6]

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, Prospect has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moffatt, Riley Moore (1996). Population History of Western U.S. Cities and Towns, 1850–1990. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-8108-3033-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Prospect". Shady Cove – Upper Rogue Chamber. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 786–87. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  4. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 6, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Prospect Hotel Music Festival". Prospect Hotel. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazeteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-89933-347-2. 
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Prospect, Oregon

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