Brighton, Oregon

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Unincorporated community
Brighton is located in Oregon
Brighton is located in the US
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 45°40′20″N 123°55′22″W / 45.67222°N 123.92278°W / 45.67222; -123.92278Coordinates: 45°40′20″N 123°55′22″W / 45.67222°N 123.92278°W / 45.67222; -123.92278
Country United States
State Oregon
County Tillamook
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 503 and 971
GNIS feature ID 1166621[1]
Coordinates and elevation from Geographic Names Information System[1]

Brighton is an unincorporated community in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is about 3 kilometres (2 mi) southwest of Wheeler on U.S. Route 101 next to Nehalem Bay, across the bay from Nehalem Bay State Park.[2]

A town was platted at this locale in 1910 and named Brighton Beach, although it is not directly on the Pacific Ocean.[3] It was named for the seaside resort of Brighton, England, and it was hoped the place would become a popular vacation spot.[3][4] Brighton post office was established in 1912 and closed in 1957.[3] Brighton Beach was also the name of the Southern Pacific Railroad station on the Tillamook Branch.[1][3] Today the line is owned by the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad (POTB). The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, a non-profit museum group, operates a heritage railroad in conjunction with the POTB that runs dinner trains from Garibaldi to Wheeler that pass through Brighton.[5][6]

In the early 20th century, Brighton was the home of the Brighton Mills Company, which ran a sawmill and planing mill.[7][8] The company was founded in 1911 by the Watt brothers of Bay City.[4] The mill closed in 1926, however, during World War I, it was credited with producing more spruce lumber for aircraft than any other mill in the country.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Brighton". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  4. ^ a b c "Oregon Coast Crawler Route Guide". Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  5. ^ "About OCSR". Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  6. ^ "OCSR Special Excursions and Dinner Trains". Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  7. ^ "Construction:Pacific and Mountain States". Electrical World. 72: 919. October 5, 1918. 
  8. ^ Ninth Biennial Report. Oregon Bureau of Labor. 1919–1920. pp. 65, 70, 105, 106, 108, 112, 113, 115. 

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