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Cherry Grove, Oregon

Cherry Grove
Unincorporated community
A church in the community
A church in the community
Cherry Grove is located in Oregon
Cherry Grove
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Oregon
County Washington
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97119
Area code(s) 503 and 971

Cherry Grove is an unincorporated community in Washington County, Oregon, United States. Cherry Grove is situated on the north bank of the Tualatin River near where it exits the Northern Oregon Coast Range and enters Patton Valley.

Cherry Grove was founded by Swedish immigrant August Lovegren in 1911. He had previously operated a lumber mill in Preston, Washington, after arriving in the United States in 1883. He wanted a name for the community that was connected with fruit growing, but his choice of "Appleton" was already taken by a place in Oregon. His cousin then suggested the name of her home of Cherry Grove, Minnesota.

Lovegren established a sawmill in the community and in September 1911 began operating a private electricity grid in Cherry Grove.[1] He used the sawmill's boiler in the operation, and in September 1913 completed a dam on the Tualatin River to create a large log retention pond.[1] In January 1914, a flood destroyed both the dam and the boiler, leaving the community without electricity until Portland General Electric added service in 1935.[1] Cherry Grove's post office ran from 1912 through 1959 when service was transferred to Gaston.[2][3]

References

  1. ^ a b c Richert-Boe, Paul (1977-07-19). "Locally owned plants generated county's first electricity".  
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  3. ^ Benson, Robert L. (October 19, 1976). "Business and Industry: Post offices, zip codes listed".  

Further reading

  • Nixon, Birgetta & Mabel Tupper. Cherry Grove - A history from 1852 - 1977 (Cherry Grove, Oregon: 1977)
  • Bilderback, Ken & Kris. Creek with No Name: How the West was Won (and Lost) in Gaston, Oregon (Gaston, Oregon: 2011)

External links

  • Historic photos of Cherry Grove from Salem Public Library
  • Information about Cherry Grove and the Willamette Valley & Coast Railway from Abandoned Railways of the Pacific Northwest
  • Cherry Grove history from VanNatta Forestry
  • Several images of the falls on the Tualatin River above Cherry Grove from the Oregon State University Archives


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