Cazadero, Oregon

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Unincorporated community
Cazadero is located in Oregon
Cazadero is located in the US
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 45°15′59″N 122°18′22″W / 45.26639°N 122.30611°W / 45.26639; -122.30611Coordinates: 45°15′59″N 122°18′22″W / 45.26639°N 122.30611°W / 45.26639; -122.30611
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clackamas
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature ID 1163860[1]

Cazadero is an unincorporated historic locale in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States.[1] Cazadero was a station on the Estacada interurban railway line of the Portland Railway, Light and Power Company (PRL&P) and later Portland Electric Power Company (PEPCO), near where the power plant of the PEPCO-owned Cazadero Dam was located on the Clackamas River.[2]

The station was named by the original promoters of the line, likely after Cazadero, California.[2] Cazadero is a Spanish word meaning "a place for the pursuit of game".[2] Cazadero post office operated from 1904–1918;[2] it was located southeast of Cazadero station, near what is now Oregon Route 224 at 45°15′44″N 122°17′46″W / 45.262343°N 122.296195°W / 45.262343; -122.296195.[3]

Railway history[edit]

Service to Cazadero was routed via Lents and Gresham, along the Springwater Corridor, and the Gresham–Boring–Cazadero section was built in 1903–04, with electric interurban service reaching Boring in 1903[4] and Cazadero in 1904.[5] The line was built and operated by the Oregon Water Power and Railway Company (OWP), but by 1906 OWP had been taken over the PRL&P,[5][6] which in turn was reorganized as PEPCO in 1924.[7]

Cazadero station was located three stations beyond Estacada on the interurban line[6] and was the end of the line for many years, until PEPCO eventually developed the line farther up the river.[2] The interurban service was abandoned in 1933,[5] but the line remained intact and usable for freight service for many more years; for example, an excursion by railfans in an old interurban car covered the line in 1953.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Cazadero (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b c d e McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 182. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  3. ^ "Cazadero Post Office (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  4. ^ Labbe, John T. (1980). Fares, Please: Those Portland Trolley Years. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers. pp. 108–9. ISBN 0-87004-287-4. 
  5. ^ a b c Thompson, Richard (2008). Willamette Valley Railways, pp. 9, 11. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-5601-7.
  6. ^ a b Labbe (1980), pp. 121–123.
  7. ^ Labbe (1980), p. 141.
  8. ^ "Railway Fans On Last Ride; Old No. 1101 In Final Battle" (June 23, 1953). The Oregonian, Section 3, p. 5.