Summerville, Oregon

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Summerville is a city in Union County, Oregon, United States. The population was 117 at the 2000 census.



Summerville was platted on September 20, 1873 along Ruckles Road by William H. Patten. Patten had a freight depot along Ruckles Road, only the second road over the Blue Mountains, which was a popular route over the Blue Mountains until it washed out in 1884. Speculators and investors then moved to Elgin, Oregon.[3] An 1888 Sanborn map, the first of four of the city, shows an opera hall, bank, livery, drugstore, as well as other stores.[4] Also in 1888, half of the main street buildings were destroyed by fire, but were shortly rebuilt. As the town was already in a sharp commercial decline by 1910, buildings that were destroyed after then were not replaced.[5] In 1890, the population was 280 people.[4]


Summerville is located at 45°29′21″N 118°0′10″W / 45.48917°N 118.00278°W / 45.48917; -118.00278 (45.489062, -118.002913)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 117 people, 45 households, and 34 families residing in the city. The population density was 436.6 people per square mile (167.3/km²). There were 47 housing units at an average density of 175.4/sq mi (67.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 45 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.00.

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