Alvadore, Oregon

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Alvadore's abandoned schoolhouse
Alvadore's abandoned schoolhouse
Alvadore is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Alvadore is located in the United States
Alvadore (the United States)
Coordinates: 44°7′37″N 123°15′48″W / 44.12694°N 123.26333°W / 44.12694; -123.26333Coordinates: 44°7′37″N 123°15′48″W / 44.12694°N 123.26333°W / 44.12694; -123.26333
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
97409 (PO Boxes)
GNIS feature ID1136001

Alvadore is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States, located nine miles northwest of downtown Eugene and one mile northeast of Fern Ridge Reservoir.


Alvadore was named for Alvadore Welch of Portland, who built the Portland, Eugene and Eastern Railway through the community.[1] The railway was later acquired by the Southern Pacific Railroad, but in 1936 the track was torn up.[1] Alvadore post office was established in 1914.[1]

According to the U.S. Geological Survey's database of geographic names, Alvadore is the only locality so named in the United States.[2]

Local businesses[edit]

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).

At one time Alvadore had a school;[3] located near Decker Nursery, the building was later abandoned, and it has since been demolished.[citation needed]


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.[4]


  1. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 20–21. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  2. ^ "Alvadore". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Looking Back". The Register-Guard. June 21, 2001. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Alvadore, Oregon

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