Cushman, Oregon

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Cushman, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Cushman Store
Cushman Store
Cushman, Oregon is located in Oregon
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]


  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) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 262–263. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  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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