Luper, Oregon

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Ghost town
Luper Station (Lane County, Oregon).jpg
Luper is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 44°08′34″N 123°10′54″W / 44.14278°N 123.18167°W / 44.14278; -123.18167Coordinates: 44°08′34″N 123°10′54″W / 44.14278°N 123.18167°W / 44.14278; -123.18167
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lane
Elevation 364 ft (111 m)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code 97448
GNIS feature ID 1166735

Luper, Oregon is a ghost town in Lane County, Oregon, United States.[1] Originally a train station on the Oregon and California Railroad between Junction City and Eugene, Luper was located near Meadowview Road between Oregon Route 99W and Prairie Road, about 3.8 miles (6.1 km) south of Junction City. The community was named for James N. Luper, a pioneer born in 1852 in Illinois.[2] The Luper Cemetery remains in the area. In 1970, the Oregon Genealogical Society counted 118 grave sites.[3]

James Luper's daughter, Oregon State Engineer Rhea Luper, recalled in 1927 that her father had purchased the Luper-area property around 1870, and thereafter constructed a warehouse and railroad spur. The area became a shipping point for wheat.[4]


  1. ^ "Luper (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. May 22, 1986. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  2. ^ Baker, Mark (May 24, 2009). "Preserving the past". The Register-Guard. p. A1. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Oregon Genealogical Society Bulletin, Vol. 10, no. 5, January, 1972, pages 518-521
  4. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (1982) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Fifth ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 462–463. ISBN 0-87595-114-7.