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Walden was a station on the Oregon and Southeastern Railroad (now converted to the Row River Trail). 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. There is a Nathan B. Walden listed in the 1880 Census for the Cottage Grove Precint. The 1973 film Emperor of the North was shot in the Walden area along the rail line.
The Brumbaugh covered bridge, a National Register of Historic Places property, once stood near Walden, spanning Mosby Creek. It was dismantled and the wood used in the Centennial Covered Bridge in Cottage Grove. 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. The store closed in about 2002.
- "Walden". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. May 22, 1986. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
- Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 47. ISBN 0-89933-347-8.
- McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) . Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 1000. ISBN 978-0875952772.
- "Walden Store & Gas Station" (PDF). Oregon Historic Sites Database. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
- "Brumbaugh Bridge". Oregon Historic Sites Database. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
- "Brumbaugh Covered Bridge" (PDF). Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
- "Centennial Covered Bridge". Lane County, Oregon. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
- "Minutes of the Lane County Planning Commission" (PDF). Lane County, Oregon. February 7, 2012. p. 4. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
- Williamson, Stephen. "Visit Opal's Fairyland". Discover the Magic & Mystery of Opal. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
- Historic images of Walden from Salem Public Library
- Image of the Walden School from Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon
- Images of Walden from Flickr
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