Golden, Oregon

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The church in Golden
Golden is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°40′57.9″N 123°19′49.5″W / 42.682750°N 123.330417°W / 42.682750; -123.330417Coordinates: 42°40′57.9″N 123°19′49.5″W / 42.682750°N 123.330417°W / 42.682750; -123.330417
Country United States
State Oregon
County Josephine
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Golden Historic District
Golden, Oregon is located in Oregon
Golden, Oregon
Golden, Oregon is located in the US
Golden, Oregon
Location 3482 Coyote Creek Rd., Wolf Creek, Oregon
Area 98.6 acres (39.9 ha)
Built 1884 (1884)
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP Reference # 02000825[1]
Added to NRHP July 25, 2002

Golden is an abandoned mining town located at Coyote Creek in Josephine County, Oregon, United States.


Coyote Creek was first settled in the late 1840s when gold was discovered. However, most of the settlers left when gold was found in the nearby Salmon River in 1850. The abandoned town was eventually used by Chinese miners, who took over the abandoned mines. Several years later, they were driven out as the previous occupants returned from the Salmon River.[2]

A hydraulic mine was built, and in 1885, a schoolhouse was built about a 12-mile (0.80 km) downstream from Golden.[2][3]

By 1892, over 150 people lived along Coyote Creek.[2] A Campbellite church and general store were constructed, and in 1896 the Golden post office established.[2][3] In 1915, a stamp mill was built.[3]

In 1920, the post office closed.[3]

The church was rebuilt in 1950.[2] The general store, carriage house, and several homes are still standing today.[2][3]

The Golden Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As of 2011, Golden has become an Oregon State Heritage Site.[4]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Weis, Norman (1993). Ghost Towns of the Northwest. Caxton Press. pp. 67–71. ISBN 978-0-87004-358-1. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon. Caxton Press. p. 558. ISBN 978-0-87004-332-1. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
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A building in Golden