Wonder, Oregon

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Wonder is an unincorporated community in Josephine County, Oregon, United States, on U.S. Route 199 about 13 miles west of Grants Pass and 8 miles east of Selma.[1] It is within the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest.

The town apparently got its name in 1902 after John T. Roberson opened a general store two miles south of Wilderville, and residents wondered how he would get enough business to make a living as the area did not have many settlers.[2][3][4] Roberson began to call his store "Wonder Store".[4] Wonder post office was established in 1903 and Roberson was the first postmaster.[4] In 1915 Wonder had a population of 25, and a school that was also used as a church.[2] As of 1916 there was a Wonder station on the California and Oregon Coast Railroad line here.[4] Sometime in the 1920s, the community moved two miles further west up Slate Creek.[4] The post office closed in 1959.[4]

A private airfield, Wonder Airport, is located nearby.


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Coordinates: 42°21′51″N 123°32′08″W / 42.364281°N 123.535621°W / 42.364281; -123.535621