Ruch, Oregon

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Unincorporated community
Ruch, Oregon
Ruch, Oregon
Ruch is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°14′12″N 123°2′28″W / 42.23667°N 123.04111°W / 42.23667; -123.04111Coordinates: 42°14′12″N 123°2′28″W / 42.23667°N 123.04111°W / 42.23667; -123.04111
Country United States
State Oregon
County Jackson
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97530
Area code(s) 458 and 541

Ruch is an unincorporated community in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. It is located on Oregon Route 238, southeast of Grants Pass.

Ruch was named for Casper M. Ruch, who bought a tract of land where the community now stands in 1896. He built a blacksmith shop, a store and a house. When he was appointed postmaster of the new post office in 1897 and allowed to name it, he named it after himself. The post office closed in 1939.[1]

There are two structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Ruch—McKee Bridge and Star Ranger Station.

The Ruch area is home to several Oregon wineries and is in the Applegate Valley AVA, a sub-appellation of the Rogue Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area).


  1. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 830. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 

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