Culver, Oregon

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Culver is a city in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States. The population was 802 at the 2000 census, with an estimated population of 1,315 in 2007.[3]



Orace Gabriel Collver[4] moved from Coos Bay, Oregon to Eastern Oregon and founded the town of Culver. Since he was the postmaster, he got to name the town, but to avoid confusion with another town with similar spelling and sound, he changed it to Culver. He built a general store, which housed the post office and became the center of the community. In 1911, the railroad came through, but on the opposite side of the valley, so the town relocated to the railroad. Orace had the whole house moved to the new location, while the townspeople used the lumber from their old homes and buildings to build new ones. The upstairs of his store housed a meeting hall that was used for local events and dances.

Orace married Margaret J. Barnett on October 16, 1881. They raised Ruth Church, the daughter of his sister, Sarah Collver Church, after Sarah's death.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.[6]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 802 people, 254 households, and 198 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,302.0 people per square mile (499.4/km²). There were 275 housing units at an average density of 446.5/sq mi (171.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.94% White, 0.25% African American, 1.50% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 16.83% from other races, and 6.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.18% of the population.

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