Stayton, Oregon

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Stayton is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States, located 12 miles (19 km) southeast of the state capital, Salem, on Oregon Route 22. It is south of Sublimity and east of Aumsville. Located on the North Santiam River, Stayton is a regional agricultural and light manufacturing center. The population was 6,816 at the 2000 census. The 2007 population estimate is 7,765.[3] It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Stayton was founded in 1872 by Drury Smith Stayton, who purchased the town site in 1866 and built a carding mill and sawmill on a watercourse of the North Santiam River. A ferry crossing of the Santiam River operated from 1876 until a bridge was constructed in 1888. By 1880, a laundry had been established by Kee Sing and Tom. The first newspaper, The Stayton Sun, was published in 1889 by T. H. McGill.[4][5]

The founder of Stayton, Drury Stayton, originally wanted to name the city after his daughter, Florence Stayton.[citation needed] After his petition was denied by the post office because another city in Oregon was named Florence, he chose Stayton and named a street after his daughter.[citation needed]

Points of interest

Local attractions include Pioneer Park with the Stayton-Jordan covered bridge. A copy of the Jordan Bridge that spanned Thomas Creek east of Scio, it was moved to the park 1988. Destroyed by fire in 1994, it was rebuilt and painted white. It is used for social occasions such as weddings. Kingston Prairie Preserve, 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Stayton, protects a remnant of the native prairie that was once common in the central Willamette Valley.[6] Silver Falls State Park is northeast of Stayton; it is the largest state park in Oregon and a major tourist destination in the region, popular for its camping, and for its waterfalls.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.47%) is water.

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