Waldo, Oregon

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Waldo, Oregon
Waldo is located in Oregon
Waldo is located in the US
Coordinates: 42°3′40″N 123°38′49″W / 42.06111°N 123.64694°W / 42.06111; -123.64694Coordinates: 42°3′40″N 123°38′49″W / 42.06111°N 123.64694°W / 42.06111; -123.64694
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)

Waldo is a ghost town located in Josephine County, Oregon, United States, about three miles from the California border.[1] It was settled in 1852 as a gold mining camp called Sailor's Diggings.[1][2][3] The place was later renamed "Waldo" in honor of William Waldo, who in 1853 was the Whig candidate for governor of California.[1][3] This was apparently because, believing the settlement was in California, William Waldo campaigned there and convinced the populace that they should vote for him.[2][4] The town was the first county seat of Josephine County.[1][5] The post office for Waldo was established in 1856; service was discontinued in 1928.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d History of southern Oregon : comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties (Portland, OR: A.G. Walling, 1883), p. 446, 456-7.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Valley history page on Cave Junction, Oregon web site.
  3. ^ a b Grants Pass history page on Grants Pass, Oregon web site.
  4. ^ Teather, Louise, Place Names of Marin (1986), p. 85.
  5. ^ Josephine County history at Oregon State Archives.
  6. ^ McArthur, Lewis A. (1982). Oregon geographic names (5th., rev. & enl. ed.). Western Imprints, the Press of the Oregon Historical Society. p. 767. ISBN 0875951139.

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