Hamlet, Oregon

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Hamlet is an unincorporated community in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located approximately six miles southeast of Necanicum, in the Northern Oregon Coast Range near the confluence of the North Fork Nehalem River and the Little North Fork Nehalem River.[2] It is surrounded by units of the Clatsop State Forest.[2]

The town was founded by Finns and according to author Ralph Friedman, the place never had a store, church, post office, or village center.[3] Oregon Geographic Names however, says that Hamlet post office was established circa 1905, and was named because it was a small community, or hamlet.[4] The post office closed in 1953, with mail going to Seaside.[4] Hamlet did have a school, which as of 1990, had become a community center.[3][5] There is also a cemetery.[3][5] A later Friedman book gives the history of the post office and the Finnish founders of the town.[6]


  1. ^ "Hamlet". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  2. ^ a b Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 20. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. pp. 26, 145. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 
  4. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 439–440. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  5. ^ a b Friedman, Ralph (1993) [1972]. Oregon for the Curious (3rd ed.). Portland, Oregon: Pars Publishing Company. p. 189. ISBN 0-87004-222-X. 
  6. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1978). "The Small Drama of Hamlet". Tracking Down Oregon. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. pp. 35–42. ISBN 0-87004-257-2. 

Coordinates: 45°50′46″N 123°42′02″W / 45.846222°N 123.700685°W / 45.846222; -123.700685