Cushman, Oregon

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Cushman, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Cushman Store
Cushman Store
Cushman, Oregon is located in Oregon
Cushman, Oregon
Cushman, Oregon
Cushman, Oregon is located in the US
Cushman, Oregon
Cushman, Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 43°59′08″N 124°02′39″W / 43.98556°N 124.04417°W / 43.98556; -124.04417Coordinates: 43°59′08″N 124°02′39″W / 43.98556°N 124.04417°W / 43.98556; -124.04417
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lane
Named for local residents C. C. and I. B. Cushman
Elevation 23 ft (7 m)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[1]

Cushman is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located on the north bank of the Siuslaw River on Oregon Route 126, between Tiernan and Florence.[2]

Cushman was a station Coos Bay Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad (today the Coos Bay Rail Link), named for local residents C. C. and I. B. Cushman.[3] It was a mile east of the community of Acme, but the railroad already had a station named Acme, so the name "Cushman" was chosen instead.[3] The post office was moved from Acme in 1916 and renamed to match the station; it closed in 1961.[3]

Cushman has a historic store that was built in 1889 and expanded in 1925, and there is a swing span railroad bridge across the river there.[4][5] The bridge opened to allow ocean-going barges to reach a now-closed sawmill in Mapleton.[6][7] In 1940, Cushman had a population of 145 and a full-service port.[8] At that time the hills above the community produced Port Orford-cedar, a large evergreen coniferous tree native to the region, but by 1990, this resource was depleted and the port no longer served ocean-going vessels.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cushman". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1980-11-28. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 38. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 262–263. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  4. ^ a b Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 213. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 
  5. ^ "Unincorporated Rural Community of Cushman: Developed and Committed Exception Area No. 039-3" (PDF). Lane County, Oregon. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  6. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1993) [1972]. Oregon for the Curious (3rd ed.). Portland, Oregon: Pars Publishing Company. p. 46. ISBN 0-87004-222-X. 
  7. ^ "Davidson to close Oregon sawmill". Portland Business Journal. 2004-02-04. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  8. ^ Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Oregon (1940). Oregon: End of the Trail. American Guide Series. Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort. p. 351. OCLC 4874569. 

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