Dolph, Oregon, Ghost Town
Name: Dolph, Oregon
GPS: Latitude: 45.1056653, Longitude: -123.7898358
From McMinnville – Head west along Highway 18/Salmon River Highway towards Grand Ronde. Before town, turn right and follow the signs to Fort Yamhill on Hebo Road. At about thirteen miles the road splits into a ‘Y’ at Little Nestucca River Road. Dolph was at this intersection.
From Tillamook – Head south on Highway 101. Turn left on 3 Rivers Highway. Dolph will be at the ‘Y’ intersection with Little Nestucca River Road.
Unlike many of the lesser known Ghost Towns here in Oregon, Dolph has one advantage many don’t. A city sign (not pictured.)
Located about ten miles south of Hebo, on Highway 22/Three Rivers, Highway, this town was named in honor of Joseph N. Dolph who was Oregon’s US Senator from 1883 to 1895. A post office opened here on April 22, 1886 and closed on October 31st, 1921.
Apparently the town of Dolph was bigger (or luckier) then nearby Bellwood. Located “a few miles east” (along what is now labeled “Hebo” Road,) it’s own Post Office was “closed to” Dolph’s on August 15, 1906.
Today the location is nothing more then a cross roads along two separate (and very fun) drives along the Little Nestucca River in Tillamook County. I’ve heard that there is graveyard remaining, but in two visits to this location, I have not been able to find any sign of it. If there was one, it’s long over grown.
Please comment if you know anything about Dolph, have pictures of the area, or can tell me where the Graveyard is located.
The following pictures were contributed by Pat Cooper who lives in nearby Beaver. His father took these pictures in 1963 and 1965.