Idiotville, Oregon

Coordinates: 45°37′10″N 123°25′5″W / 45.61944°N 123.41806°W / 45.61944; -123.41806
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Ghost town
Idiotville is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 45°37′10″N 123°25′5″W / 45.61944°N 123.41806°W / 45.61944; -123.41806
CountryUnited States
1,200 ft (400 m)
Time zoneUTC−08:00 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−07:00 (PDT)
GNIS feature ID1163489[1]

Idiotville is a ghost town in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States, near the mouth of Idiot Creek on the Wilson River, on the route of Oregon Route 6.[1] Idiotville's elevation is 1,200 feet (400 m).


It is in the Tillamook State Forest, along the Tillamook-Washington county line, approximately 50 miles (80 km) west northwest of Portland. Nothing remains at the site.

The nearby stream was named Idiot Creek after the community and was added to the official United States Board on Geographic Names list in 1977. About a half mile (800 m) up Idiot Creek was a logging camp called Ryan's Camp, which was part of the salvage operations following the Tillamook Burn. Since the spot was so remote, it was said that only an idiot would work there, so the camp was popularly known as Idiotville. The name was eventually applied to the stream.[2] Idiotville has been noted for its unusual name.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Idiotville (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
  2. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  3. ^ Petras, Kathryn; Petras, Ross (December 18, 2007). Unusually Stupid Americans: A Compendium of All-American Stupidity. Random House Publishing Group. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-307-41761-9.