Pistol River, Oregon

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Pistol River, Oregon
Census-designated place
Pistol River is located in Oregon
Pistol River
Pistol River
Location within the state of Oregon
Pistol River is located in the US
Pistol River
Pistol River
Pistol River (the US)
Coordinates: 42°16′38″N 124°23′37″W / 42.27722°N 124.39361°W / 42.27722; -124.39361Coordinates: 42°16′38″N 124°23′37″W / 42.27722°N 124.39361°W / 42.27722; -124.39361
Country United States
State Oregon
County Curry
 • Total 0.59 sq mi (1.53 km2)
 • Land 0.59 sq mi (1.53 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 21 ft (6 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 84
 • Density 142/sq mi (55.0/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97444
Area code(s) 458 and 541
FIPS code 41-58050
GNIS feature ID 1147776

Pistol River (Tolowa: chvt-ler’sh-chvn-dvn taa-ghii~-li~’ [1]) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Curry County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 84.[2] It is near the Pistol River and the Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, just to the east of U.S. Route 101.

The community of Pistol River takes its name from the stream that flows past it. James Mace, a militia soldier, lost a pistol in the river in 1853, during a skirmish of the Rogue River Wars, and it has been known as the Pistol River since then. The Pistol River post office was established in 1927.[3][4]

The Pistol River area is known for its windsurfing, and the International Windsurfing Tour holds the Pistol River Wavebash there annually. Many say that Pistol River has the best windsurfing in the state.[5]

Pistol River has a concert association that has hosted a monthly concert, often featuring nationally known acts, since 1982.[6]


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