Prosper, Oregon

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Prosper, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Prosper is located in Oregon
Prosper is located in the US
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 43°08′50″N 124°22′25″W / 43.14722°N 124.37361°W / 43.14722; -124.37361Coordinates: 43°08′50″N 124°22′25″W / 43.14722°N 124.37361°W / 43.14722; -124.37361
Country United States
State Oregon
County Coos
Elevation[1] 13 ft (4 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature ID 1136660

Prosper is an unincorporated community in Coos County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is about 3 miles (5 km) northwest of Bandon next to the Coquille River.[2] There is no longer a town at the site.[3]

The first cannery on the Coquille River was started in about 1882 by D. H. Getchell in what came to be known as Prosper.[4] Prosper was founded in the summer of 1892 by Adam Pershbaker, who built a sawmill and a shipyard there.[4][5] The Emil Heuckendorff shipyard was established soon after.[6] Prosper had a post office from 1893 until 1928; Pershbaker was the first postmaster.[7] The name was likely chosen in the hope the locality would be prosperous.[7] In 1915, Prosper's population was 500, and it had two salmon canneries, and two shingle and saw mills.[3] Passenger boats traveled three times a day to Bandon and Coquille.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Prosper". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 51. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 232. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 
  4. ^ a b Dodge, Orvil (1898). Pioneer History of Coos and Curry Counties, Or. Salem, Oregon: Capital Printing Co. p. 252. 
  5. ^ "City of Bandon 1990 Comprehensive Plan". Coos-Curry Council of Governments. July 1974. pp. 10–11. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  6. ^ "A Selective Chronology of South Coast History: Origins to 1899". Coos Historical and Maritime Museum. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  7. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 787. ISBN 978-0875952772.