Copper, Jackson County, Oregon

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Ghost town
Copper is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°1′35″N 123°8′48″W / 42.02639°N 123.14667°W / 42.02639; -123.14667Coordinates: 42°1′35″N 123°8′48″W / 42.02639°N 123.14667°W / 42.02639; -123.14667
Country United States
State Oregon
County Jackson
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature ID 1140097[1]

Copper is a former community in Jackson County, Oregon, United States.[1] Copper was located about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the Oregon–California border, near the mouth of Carberry Creek.[2] Copper was named for the copper mining in the region, including at the Blue Ledge mine just over the state line in California.[2] The town had a post office from 1924 until 1932.[2]

The townsite was inundated in 1980 when Applegate Lake was formed by damming the Applegate River.[3]

Mud flats at the south end of Applegate Lake where the town of Copper formerly stood. This area is usually submerged beneath over 60 feet (18 m) of water. The road, now a boat ramp, is the remains of the highway that once served Copper.


  1. ^ a b "Copper". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved May 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 229. ISBN 978-0-87595-277-2. 
  3. ^ Miller, Bill (December 14, 2008). "The underwater ghost town". Mail Tribune. Retrieved December 19, 2008.