Alvadore's abandoned schoolhouse
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Alvadore was named for Alvadore Welch of Portland, who built the Portland, Eugene and Eastern Railway through the community. The railway was later acquired by the Southern Pacific Railroad, but in 1936 the track was torn up. Alvadore post office was established in 1914.
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Alvadore experienced its heyday during the early 1900s, serving as a railroad stop on the important route between Eugene and Portland. At this time the town was home to a hotel, several shops and a schoolhouse that was demolished in 2006. When the railroad bypassed the town in subsequent years, growth subsided.
Today Alvadore is home to a general store and gas station that contains a post office (ZIP Code 97409), a large regional nursery — Decker Nursery — known for its Christmas trees, a volunteer fire department, the Alvadore Christian Church, a nut-drying plant affiliated with Blue Diamond Growers, and a variety of other agricultural businesses including an organic strawberry farm (Berg's Berries and Organic Produce).
This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Alvadore has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
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- "Alvadore". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Looking Back". The Register-Guard. June 21, 2001. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
- Climate Summary for Alvadore, Oregon