Ashwood, Oregon

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Ashwood, Oregon
Unincorporated community
The community's church
The community's church
Ashwood, Oregon is located in Oregon
Ashwood, Oregon
Ashwood, Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 44°44′01″N 120°45′16″W / 44.73361°N 120.75444°W / 44.73361; -120.75444Coordinates: 44°44′01″N 120°45′16″W / 44.73361°N 120.75444°W / 44.73361; -120.75444
Country United States
State Oregon
County Jefferson
Named for Ash Butte and early settler Whitfield T. Wood[1]
Elevation 2,526 ft (770 m)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97711
Area code(s) 541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[2]

Ashwood is a ghost town in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States, 32 miles (51 km) northeast of Madras.[3][4]

Ashwood was named for its proximity to Ash Butte, a butte with volcanic ash deposits on its sides, and to honor Whitfield T. Wood, who settled in the area in the 1870s. Ashwood post office was established in 1898.[1]

The Ashwood area was first used by the Native American Sahaptin and Northern Paiute people. After the Sahaptin were forced to move to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in the 1850s, and the Northern Paiute were defeated in the 1870s, settlers moved into the area to raise cattle and sheep. Sheep ranching became an important local industry by 1900 because of the availability of the railroad in nearby Shaniko that facilitated the shipping of wool. Ashwood became a gold- and silver-mining boomtown in the 1910s. The Oregon King Mine was an important mine that was established during the early boom period.[5] The minerals soon began to play out, however, and local residents turned back to ranching and agriculture as the mainstays of their economy.[6]

Ashwood is popular with rockhounds, as the area has an abundance of petrified wood, jasper, and thundereggs—Oregon's state rock.[7]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ashwood has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[8]

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  1. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 35. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  2. ^ "Ashwood". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Miller, Donald C. (1977). Ghost Towns of Washington and Oregon. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company. p. 68. ISBN 0-87108-500-3. 
  4. ^ Florin, Lambert (1970). Oregon Ghost Towns. Seattle: Superior Publishing Company. p. 8. OCLC 2713643. 
  5. ^ "Horse Heaven Mine & Ghost Town". Active and Abandoned Railroads of the Pacific Northwest. Retrieved March 6, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ashwood, 1915". Oregon Historical Society. Retrieved March 6, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Oregon Collecting Sites". Bob's Rock Shop. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2009. 
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Ashwood, Oregon

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