Wedderburn, Oregon

Wedderburn, Oregon

Wedderburn is an unincorporated coastal community in Curry County, Oregon, United States. It is located 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. Wedderburn post office was established in 1895.

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. 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.

Further reading

  • 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

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