Watseco, Oregon

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Coordinates: 45°35′10″N123°56′52″W / 45.58611°N 123.94778°W / 45.58611; -123.94778 Coordinates: 45°35′10″N123°56′52″W / 45.58611°N 123.94778°W / 45.58611; -123.94778
Country United States
State Oregon
County Tillamook
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
  Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 503
GNIS feature ID 1166719 [1]
Coordinates and elevation from Geographic Names Information System [1]

Watseco is an unincorporated community in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. [1] It is near two other unincorporated communities in Tillamook County, Barview and Twin Rocks. The three communities are all along a 3-mile (5 km) stretch of U.S. Route 101 between the cities of Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi. [2]

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

Tillamook County, Oregon County in the United States

Tillamook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,250. The county seat is Tillamook. The county is named for the Tillamook, a Native American tribe who were living in the area in the early 19th century at the time of European American settlement. The county is located within Northwest Oregon.

Oregon State of the United States of America

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region on the West Coast of the United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary with Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho. The parallel 42° north delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada. Oregon is one of only three states of the contiguous United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

According to Oregon Geographic Names, brothers George and Robert Watt bought 360 acres (150 ha) of beachfront land here in the early 20th century. When the Pacific Railway and Navigation Company railway came through in 1912, the brothers granted right-of-way on condition that the railway company add a flag stop on the Watt property. The name of the community and flag stop is a combination of "Watt" and "Sea Coast", assigned in 1916. Watseco Creek, named after the station, flows through the community. [3]

<i>Oregon Geographic Names</i> book by Lewis A. McArthur

Oregon Geographic Names is a compilation of the origin and meaning of place names in the U.S. state of Oregon, published by the Oregon Historical Society. The book was originally published in 1928. It was compiled and edited by Lewis A. McArthur. As of 2011, the book is in its seventh edition, which was compiled and edited by Lewis L. McArthur.

Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad transport company

The Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad (POTB) is a 101-mile (163 km) shortline railroad in northwestern Oregon in the United States. Purchased from the Southern Pacific Transportation Company in 1990 by the Port of Tillamook Bay, the railroad was used to transport lumber and agricultural products over the Northern Oregon Coast Range between the Oregon Coast and the Portland area until heavily damaged in a 2007 storm. The Port of Tillamook Bay began operating the unincorporated railroad on March 27, 1986, but the tracks were originally constructed by Oregon judge George R. Bagley and others in 1906. The railroad's main line is between Hillsboro and Tillamook.

Right-of-way (transportation) right to make a "way" (as in a type of easement) over a piece of land

A right-of-way (ROW) is a right to make a way over a piece of land, usually to and from another piece of land. A right of way is a type of easement granted or reserved over the land for transportation purposes, such as a highway, public footpath, rail transport, canal, as well as electrical transmission lines, oil and gas pipelines. A right-of-way can be used to build a bike trail. A right-of-way is reserved for the purposes of maintenance or expansion of existing services with the right-of-way. In the case of an easement, it may revert to its original owners if the facility is abandoned.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Watseco (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. April 14, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  2. Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 20. ISBN   0-89933-347-8.
  3. McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 607-016. ISBN   0-87595-277-1.