Gold Beach, Oregon

Gold Beach, Oregon
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°24′8″N 124°24′55″W / 42.40222; -124.41528
CountryUnited States
 • MayorKarl Popoff
 • Total2.76 sq mi (7.15 km2)
 • Land2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)
 • Water0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)
Elevation50 ft (20 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total2,253
 • Estimate (2012[3])1,950
 • Density890.5/sq mi (343.8/km2)
Time zonePacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code97444
Area code(s)541
FIPS code41-29900[2]
GNIS feature ID1142804[4]
WebsiteGold Beach, Oregon

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.


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.

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