Birkenfeld, Oregon

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The Birkenfeld Country Store

Birkenfeld is an unincorporated community in Columbia County, Oregon, United States, in the Nehalem Valley on Oregon Route 202 between Jewell and Mist.[1]

German immigrant Anton Birkenfeld settled in the Nehalem Valley in 1886 and founded Birkenfeld in about 1910.[2] Birkenfeld's post office was founded in 1916,[2] bringing much-needed mail service on a more local basis. As of 2010, the Birkenfeld post office has been closed permanently.[3] Although mail can still be addressed directly to the defunct post office, the community has a Clatskanie ZIP code, 97016 and all mail directed toward Birkenfeld is automatically redirected there.[3]

As of the 1990s the community had a store, a café, a tavern, a garage, and a church.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Birkenfeld". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  2. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 84. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  3. ^ a b "USPS ZIP Code Lookup". Archived from the original on 2007-09-03. 
  4. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 144. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 
  5. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1993) [1972]. Oregon for the Curious (3rd ed.). Portland, Oregon: Pars Publishing Company. p. 36. ISBN 0-87004-222-X. 

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Coordinates: 45°59′26″N 123°20′15″W / 45.990667°N 123.337621°W / 45.990667; -123.337621