Thatcher, Oregon

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A house at Thatcher along Kansas City Road

Thatcher is an unincorporated historic community in Washington County, Oregon, United States.[1] It was located about three miles north of Forest Grove at the intersection of Hillside and Thatcher roads.[2]

The community was named after pioneers Harmon and Jemima Thatcher, who came from Indiana soon after their marriage in 1847, first settling in Yamhill County, and later taking up a Donation Land Claim in the area that now bears their name.[3][4]

Thatcher post office was established in 1895 and closed in 1902, with the introduction of rural free delivery.[3][4] As of 1990, nothing remained at the site to indicate a settlement was there.[5]


  1. ^ "Thatcher (historical)". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 21. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 945. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  4. ^ a b Gaston, Joseph; George H. Himes (1912). The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912. Vol. 3. S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. pp. 504–509. 
  5. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 291. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 

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Coordinates: 45°33′53″N 123°08′29″W / 45.564836°N 123.141498°W / 45.564836; -123.141498