Wedderburn, Oregon

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Wedderburn, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Wedderburn can be seen from across the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge.
Wedderburn can be seen from across the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge.
Wedderburn is located in Oregon
Wedderburn
Wedderburn
Wedderburn is located in the US
Wedderburn
Wedderburn
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°25′47″N 124°24′50″W / 42.42972°N 124.41389°W / 42.42972; -124.41389Coordinates: 42°25′47″N 124°24′50″W / 42.42972°N 124.41389°W / 42.42972; -124.41389
Country United States
State Oregon
County Curry
Elevation 39 ft (12 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature ID 1151991[1]
Coordinates and elevation from Geographic Names Information System

Wedderburn is an unincorporated coastal community in Curry County, Oregon, United States. It is across the mouth of Rogue River from Gold Beach, on U.S. Route 101. The Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge connects Wedderburn with Gold Beach.

Wedderburn was founded by R. D. Hume, a prominent local businessman in the fishing industry, who named the community after the home of his ancestors, Wedderburn Castle in Scotland.[2] Wedderburn post office was established in 1895.[2]

Wedderburn was originally a company town for Hume's salmon fishing monopoly, and besides his fishing fleet, he ran Wedderburn's cannery, store, race track and cold storage plant.[3] Hume had settled at the mouth of the Rogue in 1876, and he eventually owned all the land on both banks of the river from the Pacific Ocean to the head of the tidewater.[3]

Climate[edit]

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Wedderburn has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[4]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dodds, Gordon B. The Salmon King of Oregon: R. D. Hume and the Pacific Fisheries
  • Douthit, Nathan. A Guide to Oregon South Coast History: Traveling the Jedediah Smith Trail
  • LaPlante, Margaret. The Town That Floated into Place: Wedderburn, Oregon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wedderburn". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 1018–19. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  3. ^ a b "Oregon History: Emerging Economies". Oregon Blue Book. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved March 24, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Wedderburn, Oregon". Weatherbase. CantyMedia. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 

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