Carson, Oregon

Carson is an unincorporated community in Baker County, in the U.S. state of Oregon,[1] along Oregon Route 413 about 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Halfway. In 1870 Tom Corson settled in the area on a tributary of Pine Creek.[2] His neighbors pronounced his name "Carson" and named the tributary and a sawmill on the creek after him.[2] When the post office was established in 1893, it was named "Carson" as well.[2] The town was platted in 1900, the first in Pine Valley.[3] The platted area was small even by northeastern standards: 12 blocks.[3] Carson lost out as a rural service center to the nearby Langrell.[3]

Carson, Oregon
Carson, Oregon is located in Oregon
Carson, Oregon
Carson, Oregon
Carson, Oregon is located in the United States
Carson, Oregon
Carson, Oregon
Coordinates: 44°56′09″N 117°10′32″W / 44.93583°N 117.17556°W / 44.93583; -117.17556Coordinates: 44°56′09″N 117°10′32″W / 44.93583°N 117.17556°W / 44.93583; -117.17556
CountryUnited States
3,366 ft (1,026 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s)458 and 541
GNIS feature ID1139396[1]

In 1940 Carson had a population of 90.[4] The post office closed in 1952.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Carson". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 170. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  3. ^ a b c Bailey, Barbara Ruth (1982). Main Street: Northeastern Oregon. Oregon Historical Society. pp. 21, 54. ISBN 0-87595-073-6.
  4. ^ Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Oregon (1940). Oregon: End of the Trail. American Guide Series. Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort. p. 288. OCLC 4874569.