Siltcoos, Oregon

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Siltcoos (also Siltcoos Station) is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located about 13 miles (21 km) south of Florence on the east shore of Siltcoos Lake.[2]

The word Siltcoos is Native American and could refer to the name of a local chief or to a family name.[3] The spelling of the community was formerly "Tsiltcoos" but "Siltcoos" was made the official name by a 1917 Board on Geographic Names decision.[1][3] In 1916, a railroad station at this locale on the Coos Bay Line of the Southern Pacific Railroad was named "Lane" and a post office named Siltcoos was established.[3] Lane was the last station on the line in Lane County.[3] The name of the station was changed to match the post office in 1921.[3] Siltcoos post office was closed in 1963, with mail going to Gardiner.[3]

Siltcoos became a fishing resort that once had a store, a dance hall (later converted to a boathouse), rental cabins, and a schoolhouse.[4] The store was torn down in 1977.[4] In 2007, Lane Community College renovated the remaining buildings of the former fishing resort, which had been donated to the school in 1972, and opened the Siltcoos Station Retreat and Learning Center.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Siltcoos". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 45. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 876. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  4. ^ a b c "Siltcoos Station Retreat and Learning Center: The History of Siltcoos Station". Lane Community College. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 

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Coordinates: 43°53′20″N 124°03′49″W / 43.889009°N 124.063726°W / 43.889009; -124.063726