Little Sweden, Oregon (Green Basin)
Name: Little Sweden (Green Basin)
Directions: head east on OR-22 E (Santiam Highway) 37 miles. There is a sign marking the name of the community. These buildings are on the left.
It’s unclear that Little Sweden, Oregon was much bigger then the two buildings it is now. I can find very little information about Little Sweden, Oregon, it’s origins or it’s rather unique name.
The town is located on the Santiam Highway in Marion County, between Gates, Oregon and Detroit Lake, Oregon. The town never had a post office, but it is obvious that a gas station and possibly a small general store were here at one point. The gas station looks to be a home now, while the general store building looks to be storage.
The Geocaching page claims the Nystrom Family homestead here some time in the mid 1800’s. On October 3, 1890, a post office opened here. It was named after a stand of green timber just north of town near Rocky Top. Lewis McArthur states that a saw mill was near the post office. Doctor John D. Montgomery was the first of four post masters for the town. The office closed May 1, 1896 to nearby Niagara Oregon. Sometime in the early 1900’s the Nystrom Family installed a Pelton Wheel Generator in the town for electricity generation.
Does anyone have any more information about the town? I’d be interested in learning much more! Please leave comments below.