Pleasant Hill, Oregon

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Pleasant Hill
Sports fields at Pleasant Hill High School
Sports fields at Pleasant Hill High School
Pleasant Hill is located in Oregon
Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill
Location within the state of Oregon
Pleasant Hill is located in the United States
Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill (the United States)
Coordinates: 43°58′N 122°56′W / 43.967°N 122.933°W / 43.967; -122.933Coordinates: 43°58′N 122°56′W / 43.967°N 122.933°W / 43.967; -122.933
CountryUnited States
(July 2007)
 • Total5,665
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature ID1125471

Pleasant Hill is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States. As of July 2007, Pleasant Hill has a total population of 5,665.[1]


Pleasant Hill was the first white settlement in Lane County when Elijah Bristow settled in 1846.[2] He was the first of a party of four immigrants to settle, most recently from California. Also in the party was Eugene Skinner, Captain Felix Scott, and William Dodson. Dodson and Scott took up adjacent claims, Dodson to the southeast and Scott to the west of Bristow's claim. Scott later abandoned and claimed opposite the mouth of the Mohawk River, some 7 miles (11 km) north of his previous claim. Skinner made his claim at what is now Eugene.[3]

Pleasant Hill has survived numerous house fires and light flooding in lower areas, but the most remembered flood was in 1996.[4] The flooding resulted in no deaths but many homes were destroyed.


Pleasant Hill is 8 miles (13 km) from Creswell, in the area between the Coast Fork Willamette River and the Middle Fork Willamette River.


Public schools in Pleasant Hill include the OSAA class 3A Pleasant Hill High School and an Elementary School. Due to decreased enrollment and budget issues, Trent Elementary School has been closed. At this time, grades K-5 attend the Elementary and grades 6-12 attend the High School. Emerald Christian Academy, a private Seventh-Day Adventist K-10 school, is also located in Pleasant Hill.

Notable person[edit]

Pleasant Hill was the home of author and counter-cultural figure Ken Kesey, who died in 2001.[5]


  1. ^ "Pleasant Hill, Oregon". Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  2. ^ "Names of Lane County Communities Reveal Interesting Histories, Anecdotes". Eugene Register-Guard. 4 January 1942. p. 4. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  3. ^ A. G. Walling (1884). "Elijah Bristow: The First White Settler in Lane County". Roots Web/Ancestry. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  4. ^ "The Willamette Valley Flood of 1996". Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  5. ^ Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (2001-11-11). "Ken Kesey, Author of 'Cuckoo's Nest,' Who Defined the Psychedelic Era, Dies at 66". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-24.