Buncom, Oregon

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Buncom, Oregon
Back view of Buncom's post office and bunkhouse
Back view of Buncom's post office and bunkhouse
Buncom is located in Oregon
Buncom is located in the United States
Coordinates: 42°10′26″N 122°59′53″W / 42.17389°N 122.99806°W / 42.17389; -122.99806Coordinates: 42°10′26″N 122°59′53″W / 42.17389°N 122.99806°W / 42.17389; -122.99806
CountryUnited States
Elevation1,683 ft (513 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)458 and 541
GNIS feature ID1138957[1]

Buncom (also spelled Bunkum or Buncombe) is an abandoned mining town at the confluence of the Little Applegate River and Sterling Creek in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. It is approximately 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Medford,[2] at an elevation of 1,683 feet (513.0 m) above sea level. The site is promoted by the local historical society as a ghost town.[3]


Buncom was first settled by Chinese miners in 1851 when gold was discovered in nearby Sterling Creek and Jacksonville.[2][4] Minerals such as cinnabar, chromite, and silver were also mined.[2] A general store was built, and in 1861 J. T. Williams opened a saloon.[4] The Buncom Mining District was created in 1867.[2] Buncom post office was established in 1896. By 1918, the gold in the area was depleted, the post office was closed, and the town was abandoned. Most of the buildings were later burned down.[2][4]

Only three buildings from the early 1900s remain: the post office (built in 1910), the cookhouse, and the bunkhouse.[2][3][4][5] In 1991, the Buncom Historical Society was created. The society replaced all three of the roofs of the buildings in Buncom. The society has also restored the porch of the post office and the eaves of the cookhouse.[3]


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, Buncom has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Buncom". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Fowler, Connie; Roberts, J. B. (2004). Buncom, crossroads station (2 ed.). iUniverse. ISBN 978-0-595-31503-1. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Historic Buncom". Buncom Historical Society. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon. Caxton Press. pp. 248–249. ISBN 978-0-87004-332-1. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  5. ^ Fattig, Paul (May 27, 2001). "History Celebrated in Buncom". Mail Tribune. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Buncom, Oregon

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