Goshen, Oregon

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The Goshen School
Goshen is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Goshen is located in the United States
Goshen (the United States)
Coordinates: 43°59′44″N 123°0′37″W / 43.99556°N 123.01028°W / 43.99556; -123.01028Coordinates: 43°59′44″N 123°0′37″W / 43.99556°N 123.01028°W / 43.99556; -123.01028
CountryUnited States
499 ft (152 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)458 and 541
GNIS feature ID1136329

Goshen is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located at the junction of Oregon Route 58, Oregon Route 99, and Interstate 5.[2]


In 1853, there was stagecoach stop at what is now Goshen, on the stage line that led from Oregon City to the gold country in Jacksonville.[3] The Goshen area was settled in the 1870s.[4] Goshen post office was established in September 1874, with John Handsaker as first postmaster.[5] In the Bible, Goshen was the pastoral land in lower Egypt occupied by the Israelites before the Exodus.[5] An author for the Lane County Historian wrote that Goshen was named by John Jacob Hampton,[6] although Oregon: End of the Trail says that it was named by Elijah Bristow. Bristow saw the area as a "land of promise."[7] The post office was discontinued in 1957, when it became an Independent Rural Station of Eugene.[8][9]

In 1884, Goshen was a station on the Oregon and California Railroad (later the Siskiyou Line of the Southern Pacific, and today the Central Oregon and Pacific), and the town had a store, blacksmith shop, and a school.[10][11]

In 1940 Goshen had a population of 93.[7]

The Methodist Episcopal Church of Goshen was built in 1910; as of 1990 it was a private residence.[4][12] It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Andrew J. Keeney House, built circa 1870, is also in the Goshen area.[13]


Goshen is the site of a Cone Lumber Company sawmill.[14] At one time the community had a tavern, a truckstop, and a café.[3] The truckstop and café were torn down in 1999 and replaced with a Pacific Pride commercial filling station.[15]


Goshen School, which had served grades K–8 as part of Springfield Public Schools, was closed in June 2011. It now houses Willamette Leadership Academy, a charter school serving students in grades 9–12.


  1. ^ "Goshen". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 40. ISBN 0-89933-347-8.
  3. ^ a b Andrews, Jennifer (1997). 1997 "The Goshen Truckstop" Check |url= value (help). Influx. University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. pp. 524–525. ISBN 0-87004-332-3.
  5. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 415. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  6. ^ Fay Hampton Robertson (April 1965). "John Jacob Hampton, an Oregon Pioneer of 1845". Lane County Historian. Lane County Pioneer-Historical Society. 10 (1): 12. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  7. ^ a b 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. 316. OCLC 4874569.
  8. ^ Helbock, Richard W. (1998.) United States Post Offices, Volume 1 - The West, p. 95, Lake Oswego, Oregon: La Posta Publications.
  9. ^ Directory of Post Offices, (1959). Washington, D.C.: USPO Department.
  10. ^ McArthur, Lewis L.; Cynthia B. Gardiner (1996). The Railroad Stations of Oregon. Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 88. ISBN 0-295-98332-9.
  11. ^ Walling, Albert G. (1884). Illustrated History of Lane County, Oregon. Portland, Oregon: A. G. Walling Publishing Company. p. 446. OCLC 16672446.
  12. ^ "Methodist Episcopal Church of Goshen". Oregon Historic Sites Database: Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  13. ^ "Keeney, Andrew J, House". Oregon Historic Sites Database: Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  14. ^ "A Profile of Rural Lands and Communities in the Southern Willamette Valley" (PDF). Lane Council of Governments. 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 18, 2004.
  15. ^ Collins, Eric (March 29, 1999). "Patrons will miss popular truck stop". The Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon. p. C1. Retrieved September 18, 2016.

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