Alsea, Oregon

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Alsea, Oregon
—  Unincorporated community  —
Alsea Mercantile
Alsea, Oregon is located in Oregon
Alsea, Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 44°22′53″N 123°35′47″W / 44.38139°N 123.59639°W / 44.38139; -123.59639Coordinates: 44°22′53″N 123°35′47″W / 44.38139°N 123.59639°W / 44.38139; -123.59639
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyBenton
Named forAlsea River
Elevation292 ft (89 m)
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes97324
Area code(s)541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[1]
 
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Alsea, Oregon
—  Unincorporated community  —
Alsea Mercantile
Alsea, Oregon is located in Oregon
Alsea, Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 44°22′53″N 123°35′47″W / 44.38139°N 123.59639°W / 44.38139; -123.59639Coordinates: 44°22′53″N 123°35′47″W / 44.38139°N 123.59639°W / 44.38139; -123.59639
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyBenton
Named forAlsea River
Elevation292 ft (89 m)
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes97324
Area code(s)541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[1]

Alsea is an unincorporated community in Benton County, Oregon, United States. It is located on Oregon Route 34 and the Alsea River.As of the 2010 Census, the population was 164.[2]

Alsea was named for the Alsea River, whose name was a corruption of "Alsi" (also spelled "Ulseah" and "Alsiias") the name of a Native American tribe, now known as the Alsea, that lived at the mouth of the river. The Alsea area was settled by Europeans early as 1855, when the name "Alseya Settlement" appeared on the Surveyor General's map. Alsea post office was established in 1871.[3]

In the early 1850s settlers moved from the Willamette Valley into the Alsea area to take up donation land claims.[4] While logging was once the primary industry in Alsea, it is now known as a place for fishing on Alsea River, particularly for steelhead,[5] and a favorite stopping point on a well traveled cycling loop.[6]

Alsea is home to the Hayden Bridge, a historic covered bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[7]

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