Suver, Oregon

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Suver is an unincorporated community in Polk County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located about 10 miles north of Corvallis and about 8 miles south of Monmouth, 1 mile east of Oregon Route 99W.[2]


Joseph Wellington Suver settled on a donation land claim near Suver in 1845.[3] Suver, born in 1814, was from Virginia.[4] When the Oregon & California Railroad was being built through the area in 1880, Joseph Suver bought the present-day site of Suver from his father-in-law, George W. Pyburn.[5] The town of Suver was platted in 1881.[5] The railroad station on what became the Southern Pacific Railroad line through the community was named Suvers.[3] Another name for the railroad station was Soap Creek.[1][3] Suver post office was established in 1881 with Sam Cohen as the first postmaster; it ran until 1935.[3][5] Suver grew to include a store, a sawmill, two warehouses, a grain elevator, a dance hall, a train depot, a blacksmith shop, a shoe repair shop, and several residences by the mid-1890s.[5] Suver school was built in 1895.[5] As of 1915, Suver had a church and its population was 25.[6]

The community served as a rural shipping facility and community center for the surrounding area until the mid-1920s, when the completion of Oregon Route 99W caused the decline of shipping by rail and thus the decline of the town.[5] The warehouses, school, and several homes remained for years after the town's heyday.[5] Suver became known as "Old Suver", which may be confused with "New Suver" or Suver Junction, a locale where Suver Road forms a crossroads with Oregon Route 99W a mile west of Suver.[5][7] The store building currently located at Suver Junction was moved from Suver in 1935.[8] The store was built in 1905 and owned by Fred Strum.[5] As of 1990, Suver was the site of a grain elevator and a rural volunteer fire station;[6] the grain elevator remains today, and the fire station has closed.

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  1. ^ a b "Suver". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 33. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 893–894, 926. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  4. ^ "Early Oregonian Search: Suver, Joseph Wellington". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Suver". Oregon Inventory of Historic Properties Historic Resource Survey Form Polk County. Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 409. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 
  7. ^ "Suver Junction". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. May 22, 1986. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Suver Store". Retrieved April 12, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 44°44′34″N 123°12′26″W / 44.7428981°N 123.2073202°W / 44.7428981; -123.2073202