Marion Forks, Oregon
Marion Forks Restaurant
|Elevation||2,438 ft (743 m)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|Area code(s)||503 and 971|
|GNIS feature ID||1145812|
The community is named for the nearby river fork where Marion Creek is received by the North Santiam River at the latter's river mile 86. Marion Creek was formerly known as the Marion Fork Santiam River.
Marion Forks is served by the Santiam Canyon School District. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marion Forks fish hatchery is south of the community, and the Willamette National Forest Marion Forks Campground is near the hatchery, next to Marion Creek.
In 1866, William Horn filed a homestead on the property, hoping to sell timber to the Oregon Pacific Railroad, then under construction east from Corvallis. The railroad stopped short of Marion Forks by twelve miles, and Horn's property languished until 1932, when Scott Young, recently of Cascade Locks, purchased the deed.
Young worked for the Forest Service, and he saw an opportunity to serve the room-and-board needs of the road crews on Highways 20 and 22. Using salvaged lumber, the Young family built cabins and a cookhouse, which later grew into Marion Forks Lodge Restaurant. Rebuilt after fires in 1947 and 1972, the restaurant became the center of a small community of rustic vacation cabins and small homes for a few dozen residents.
The Marion Forks community grew slightly with the addition of Marion Forks Hatchery in 1951, an effort to mitigate fish loss from the Detroit Dam downstream. Though the restaurant closed temporarily in 2008, Marion Forks has remained a stopover for travelers and a home for long-time residents.
- McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) . Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 610. ISBN 978-0875952772.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Marion Creek
- Santiam Canyon School District
- The ODFW Visitors' Guide: Northwest Region: Marion Forks Hatchery
- Willamette National Forest: Marion Forks Campground
- "Marion Forks". The Oregon Encyclopedia.
- "Gerald W. Williams Regional Albums, 1875-2000". scarc.library.oregonstate.edu. Retrieved 2017-04-27. This article contains quotations from this source, which is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.