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Charleston, Oregon

Charleston, Oregon

June 23, 2021

Of course I came to Charleston! Busy small commercial area with stores selling fish, touristy things and of course a convenience store (Davey Jones’ Locker) that makes a good turkey sandwich, has some fun stickers and an orange cap. Nice touch with the “Charleston, OR” on the back.

Charleston is an unincorporated community in Coos County, Oregon, United States. Charleston is the least populated (Pop. 795 [2017]) community in Oregon's Bay Area and is Home to a large commercial fishing fleet, it is adjacent to the ocean entrance to Coos Bay.

Charleston is the site of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and the United States Coast Guard Charleston Lifeboat Station.

Charleston was named for Charles Haskell, a settler who filed a land claim along South Slough in 1853. South Slough is an arm of Coos Bay, which it enters near the bay's mouth on the Pacific Ocean. Oregon Route 540, which crosses the slough southwest of Barview, passes through Charleston and links it to three state parks further south along the coast: Sunset Bay, Shore Acres, and Cape Arago.

Postal authorities established a post office in Charleston in 1924. The community's ZIP code is 97420.

Estuarine Research Reserve

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, a 4,770-acre (1,930 ha) reserve along the Coos Bay Estuary, was established in Charleston in 1974. It was the first of 28 such reserves in the United States and the only one in Oregon.

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