Agness, Oregon

Agness, Oregon
Unincorporated community
A footbridge at Agness over the Rogue River, circa 1927
A footbridge at Agness over the Rogue River, circa 1927
Agness is located in Oregon
Agness
Agness
Agness is located in the US
Agness
Agness
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°33′46″N 124°3′27″W / 42.56278°N 124.05750°W / 42°33′46″N 124°3′27″W / 42.56278; -124.05750
Country United States
State Oregon
County Curry
Time zone Pacific (PST) ( UTC-8)
 • Summer ( DST) PDT ( UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97406
Area code(s) 541, 458

Agness is an unincorporated community in Curry County, Oregon, United States. It is near the confluence of two Wild and Scenic rivers—the Lower Rogue and the Illinois. Agness post office was established October 16, 1897. [1] It was named after Agnes, the daughter of the first postmaster, and subsequently misspelled. [1] The Agness area is popular for fishing and hiking. Agness is in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest and was threatened by the Biscuit Fire in 2002.

Agness is served by one of only two rural mail boat routes still operating in the U.S. [2] The other is along the Snake River in eastern Oregon. [3] The mail boat runs on the Rogue River between Gold Beach and Agness.

Rogue River Ranch, east of Agness, is on the National Register of Historic Places, [4] and it and Lucas Lodge in Agness are in the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office historic sites database. [5] The Agness- Illahe Museum is open from May through September. [6]

Agness has a kindergartensixth grade (K–6) " one-room school", which actually consists of two rooms. [7] It is kept open by the Central Curry School District because of its "geographical remoteness": approximately 30 miles (48 km) from Gold Beach up a "winding and sometimes dangerous" road. [8] This road ( County Road 595/ USFS Arterial Route 33) is a continuation of Bear Camp Road, which has been the site of several incidents that have resulted in the deaths of travelers.

Much of Agness's economy is based on tourism, with several lodges, hotels, restaurants, and camping sites scattered throughout the community. Many cater to the large jet boats from Jerry's Rogue Jets which carry up to 50 passengers from Gold Beach to various locations in the Rogue Valley. [9] Such stops include the historic Lucas Lodge, Singing Springs Resort, and Cougar Lane Restaurant and RV Park.

Climate

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Agness has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps. [10]