Glasgow, Oregon

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Glasgow, Oregon
Glasgow is located in Oregon
Glasgow is located in the United States
Coordinates: 43°26′04″N 124°12′40″W / 43.4345571°N 124.2112245°W / 43.4345571; -124.2112245Coordinates: 43°26′04″N 124°12′40″W / 43.4345571°N 124.2112245°W / 43.4345571; -124.2112245
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.22 sq mi (8.35 km2)
 • Land3.22 sq mi (8.35 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
95[2] ft (29 m)
 • Total763[1]
 • Density237/sq mi (91.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
FIPS code41-29100
GNIS feature ID2611732

Glasgow is an unincorporated community in Coos County, Oregon, United States.[2] For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Glasgow as a census-designated place (CDP).[3] The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. As of the 2010 census the Glasgow CDP had a population of 763.[4] The place name for Glasgow in the Coos language is Kdet.[5]

Glasgow is located on the north side of Coos Bay, about 6 miles (10 km) north of the city of Coos Bay, just east of U.S. Route 101.[6][7]

The community was founded by real estate speculators in the 1890s, including Henry L. Pittock, Phil Metschan, and Admiral Schley of the Pacific Coal & Transportation Company.[6] The community did not flourish until 30 years after its founding, when construction of Route 101 made Glasgow the northern terminus of the ferry[8] from North Bend, which was used to cross the bay prior to the completion of the Coos Bay Bridge.[6][9][10] The place was supposedly named by a Scot because it reminded him of Glasgow, Scotland, but the authors of Oregon Geographic Names were unable to verify this.[6]

Glasgow has a store and a Grange hall, the North Bayside Grange, also known as the Glasgow Grange, that was built in 1928.[11][12] A humorous sign at the store states that the community's population is "275.5", the .5 for store owner and "self-proclaimed mayor", Jack S. Stevens.[13][14][15]


  1. ^ "American Fact Finder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Glasgow". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Glasgow Census Designated Place". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. April 14, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Glasgow CDP, Oregon". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "Hanis for Beginners" (PDF). Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 404. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  7. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 51. ISBN 0-89933-347-8.
  8. ^ The Roosevelt until 1929, and the Oregon until 1936.
  9. ^ "A Selective Chronology of South Coast History: 1900 - Present". Coos Historical & Maritime Museum. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  10. ^ Hull, Lise (2007). Coos County. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 0-7385-4803-0.
  11. ^ "The Glasgow Gathering is here…". Idyltime. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  12. ^ "Oregon State News of General Interest". The Times. Brownsville, Oregon. August 30, 1928. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  13. ^ "Glasgow, Oregon". Population Signs on Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  14. ^ Nelson, Kristina (June 8, 2009). "Glasgow, Scotland Meet Glasgow, Oregon". KCBY. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  15. ^ Musicar, Jessica (June 18, 2009). "From Glasgow to Glasgow". The World. Retrieved April 6, 2014.

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