Walden, Oregon

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Unincorporated community
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Walden is located in Oregon
Walden is located in the US
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 43°46′31″N 123°0′19″W / 43.77528°N 123.00528°W / 43.77528; -123.00528Coordinates: 43°46′31″N 123°0′19″W / 43.77528°N 123.00528°W / 43.77528; -123.00528
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lane
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97424

Walden is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Cottage Grove, near the confluence of the Row River and Mosby Creek.[2]

Walden was a station on the Oregon and Southeastern Railroad (now converted to the Row River Trail).[3] According to state representative and local lumber company owner L. L. "Stub" Stewart, the station was named for a family of early residents in the area.[3] There is a Nathan B. Walden listed in the 1880 Census for the Cottage Grove Precint.[3] The 1973 film Emperor of the North was shot in the Walden area along the rail line.[4]

The Brumbaugh covered bridge, a National Register of Historic Places property, once stood near Walden, spanning Mosby Creek.[5][6] It was dismantled and the wood used in the Centennial Covered Bridge in Cottage Grove.[7] The Stewart and Mosby Creek bridges still stand in the Walden area, as well as the historic Walden Store & Gas Station building, built circa 1900.[4] The store closed in about 2002.[8]

Notable people[edit]

Opal Whiteley and her grandparents lived in Walden and Opal mentioned the area in her book The Diary of Opal Whiteley.[9]


  1. ^ "Walden". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. May 22, 1986. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 47. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 1000. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  4. ^ a b "Walden Store & Gas Station" (PDF). Oregon Historic Sites Database. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Brumbaugh Bridge". Oregon Historic Sites Database. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Brumbaugh Covered Bridge" (PDF). Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Centennial Covered Bridge". Lane County, Oregon. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Minutes of the Lane County Planning Commission" (PDF). Lane County, Oregon. February 7, 2012. p. 4. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ Williamson, Stephen. "Visit Opal's Fairyland". Discover the Magic & Mystery of Opal. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 

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