In 1903, three brothers—E. J. Horton, Sam M. Horton, and J. C. Horton—settled in the area and started a sawmill they named Horton Mill. When the post office was established in 1913 it was named after the family. Sam Horton was the first postmaster; the office closed in 1960.
- "Horton". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) . Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 481. ISBN 978-0875952772.
- Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 212. ISBN 0-87004-332-3.
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