Persist, Oregon

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Persist, Oregon
Persist is located in Oregon
Persist is located in the United States
Coordinates: 42°45′59″N 122°36′26″W / 42.76639°N 122.60722°W / 42.76639; -122.60722Coordinates: 42°45′59″N 122°36′26″W / 42.76639°N 122.60722°W / 42.76639; -122.60722
CountryUnited States
2,844 ft (867 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature ID1161472[1]
Coordinates and elevation from Geographic Names Information System[1]

Persist is a ghost town in Jackson County, in the U.S. state of Oregon.[1] It lies in the mountains north of Lost Creek Lake on the Rogue River downstream of Prospect.[2]


Persist was so named because the town "persisted" for over a decade until the request of local residents for a post office was granted.[3] William W. Willitts, who with his wife had persisted in seeking the post office, was the first postmaster.[4] Before this, the Willitts and others in Persist got their mail by going to Trail along a 22-mile (35 km) trail or to Prospect along a 10-mile (16 km) trail.[4] The post office opened in 1902, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1935.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Persist (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 20, 1980. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 61. ISBN 0-89933-347-8.
  3. ^ Scriba, Jay (October 15, 1970). "From Sleepy Eye to Chicken Bristle, USA". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 756. ISBN 978-0-87595-277-2.
  5. ^ "Jackson County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved October 1, 2014.