Gold Beach, Oregon

Gold Beach, Oregon
City
Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge over Rogue River in Gold Beach
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 42°24′8″N 124°24′55″W / 42.40222°N 124.41528°W / 42°24′8″N 124°24′55″W / 42.40222; -124.41528
Country United States
State Oregon
County Curry
Incorporated 1853
Government
 •  Mayor Karl Popoff
Area [1]
 • Total 2.76 sq mi (7.15 km2)
 • Land 2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)
 • Water 0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)
Elevation 50 ft (20 m)
Population ( 2010) [2]
 • Total 2,253
 • Estimate (2012 [3]) 1,950
 • Density 890.5/sq mi (343.8/km2)
Time zone Pacific ( UTC-8)
 • Summer ( DST) Pacific ( UTC-7)
ZIP code 97444
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-29900 [2]
GNIS feature ID 1142804 [4]
Website www.goldbeach.org

Gold Beach ( Tolowa: yan-shu’-chit, [5] yan-shuu-chit’-dvn [5]) is a city in and the county seat of Curry County, Oregon, United States, [6] on the Oregon Coast. The population was 2,253 at the 2010 census.

History

The community was originally named Ellensburg in the 1850s, but later took the name Gold Beach after a beach near the mouth of the Rogue River where hundreds of placer mines extracted gold. [7] An Ellensburgh post office was established in 1853, changed to Ellensburg in 1877, and changed to Gold Beach in 1890. [7]

Mailboats based in Gold Beach have been delivering mail upstream to Agness since 1895, one of only two rural mailboat routes remaining in the U.S.[ citation needed]

Although Gold Beach had been a community since the middle of the 19th century, and the county seat since 1859, its current incorporation charter only dates to 1945.