Crawfordsville, Oregon

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Unincorporated community & census-designated place
The Crawfordsville Bridge
The Crawfordsville Bridge
Crawfordsville is located in Oregon
Crawfordsville is located in the US
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 44°21′25″N 122°51′28″W / 44.35694°N 122.85778°W / 44.35694; -122.85778Coordinates: 44°21′25″N 122°51′28″W / 44.35694°N 122.85778°W / 44.35694; -122.85778
Country United States
State Oregon
County Linn
Founded 1870
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97336

Crawfordsville is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Linn County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located about 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Brownsville, on Oregon Route 228, near the Calapooia River.[2] Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office with a ZIP code of 97336.[3]


Crawfordsville was founded on the land of Philemon Vawter Crawford in 1870 by Crawford and Robert Glass.[4] When the post office was established in 1870, it was named for Crawford.[4] Crawford was born in Madison, Indiana in 1814 and he arrived in Oregon via the Oregon Trail in 1851.[4][5] His son, Jasper V. Crawford, was the first postmaster.[4] Philemon Crawford had previously helped establish the Boston Flour Mill near Shedd.[6]

In 1915 Crawfordsville had a population of 300, two sawmills, a flouring mill, a high school, an elementary school, and three churches.[7]

In the early 20th century, Crawfordsville had a population of Sikhs from Pakistan and India who worked for the Calapooya Lumber Company.[8]


Crawfordsville Elementary School, part of the Sweet Home School District, closed in 2011, 158 years after its founding in 1853.[9] Area elementary students now attend Holley Elementary School in Holley.[10]

Points of interest[edit]

The Crawfordsville Bridge over the Calapooia River is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


  1. ^ "Crawfordsville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ "USPS ZIP Code Lookup". Archived from the original on November 23, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 248. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  5. ^ Flora, Stephenie. "Emigrants to Oregon in 1851". 
  6. ^ "The Boston/Thompson Mill". Boston Mill Society. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. pp. 509–510. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 
  8. ^ Williamson, Stephen. "Sikhs and Hindus from India Working as Loggers & Millworkers for the Calapooya Lumber Company". 
  9. ^ "Celebration to mark school's closure". The Register-Guard. May 30, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ Moody, Jennifer (February 15, 2011). "Board to close Crawfordsville school". Albany Democrat-Herald. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 

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