Bethany, Oregon

Bethany, Oregon

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Bethany is an unincorporated community in Washington County, Oregon, United States, situated north of U.S. Route 26 near Beaverton, about four miles northwest of Cedar Mill.


The name Bethany was first applied to a crossroads trading center about two miles northeast of the current location, where a Presbyterian church stands today.cite book
last = McArthur
first = Lewis A.
authorlink = Lewis A. McArthur
coauthors = Lewis L. McArthur
title = Oregon Geographic Names
origyear = 1928
edition = Seventh Edition
year = 2003
publisher = Oregon Historical Society Press
location = Portland, Oregon
id = ISBN 0-87595-277-1
pages = 76-77
] The area was first settled by Ulrich Gerber, who came from Switzerland in the mid-1870s. Gerber helped establish the first post office in the area in 1878, about a mile east of the current Bethany School, and suggested the name Bethany. "Bethany" is a Hebrew word, originally applied to a place in Palestine near Jerusalem, and used as a place name all over the United States, especially in connection with a church. The post office was discontinued in 1904.

Marion County

Bethany is also the name of a community about two miles west of Silverton in Marion County at Coord|45.0125|-122.81667. It was named as early as 1851 when Bethany Christian Church was organized. There is a Bethany School located there today, which currently serves as a charter school. [cite web |url= |title=About Bethany Charter School |accessdate=2008-01-01]


External links

* [ Historic images of Bethany] from Salem Public Library

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