Shaw, Oregon

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Shaw is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Oregon, United States, on Oregon Route 214.[1]

Shaw was a station in the Waldo Hills between Macleay and Aumsville on the Oregonian Railway (later the Southern Pacific Railroad and today the Willamette Valley Railway).[2][3] In 1881 the station was named "Waldo Hills" but the name was changed to "Shaw" in 1891 to match the post office.[4]

Shaw post office was established in 1887 and named for Angus Shaw, the first postmaster.[4] Shaw was from Ontario, Canada and settled in the area 1876.[4] The post office closed in 1937.[4]

In 1915 Shaw had two grain mills, which no longer exist.[2] As of 2005, Shaw had 18 dwellings, a machine shop, a general store building, a warehouse and a church.[5]

The Shaw area was settled by pioneer Daniel Waldo in the 1840s.[6]


  1. ^ "Shaw". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. September 1, 1993. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
  2. ^ a b Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 382. ISBN 0-87004-332-3.
  3. ^ "History". Cascade Scenic Railway, Inc. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
  4. ^ a b c d McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 865. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  5. ^ "Marion County Comprehensive Plan" (PDF). Marion County, Oregon. December 1, 2005. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
  6. ^ May, Dean L. (1994). Three Frontiers: Family, Land, and Society in the American West, 1850-1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 199. ISBN 0-521-58575-9.

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Coordinates: 44°52′22″N 122°52′19″W / 44.872899°N 122.872036°W / 44.872899; -122.872036