Gates is a city on the border of Linn and Marion counties in Oregon, United States. Take a look below for 10 interesting and obscure facts about Gates, Oregon, United States.
1. The population was 471 at the 2010 census.
2. The greater part of Gates’ population is in Marion County and the city is primarily under Marion County’s jurisdiction.
3. The Marion County portion of Gates is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Linn County portion is part of the Albany–Lebanon Micropolitan Statistical Area.
4. Gates’ first post office was established in 1882 on the south side of the Santiam River as Henness, named for the first postmaster, Jane Henness.
5. The post office later moved to the north side of the river as Gatesville but the post office was established with the name Gates on February 12, 1892.
6. The name honored one of the oldest settlers in the area, Mary Gates. The city was incorporated in 1950.
7. The town was the headquarters for controlling the Beachie Creek Fire, which started August 16, 2020, and at the time was estimated to be 469 acres (190 ha) in size.
8. However, dry vegetation and a historic windstorm during the night of September 7 rapidly increased the fire to 131,000 acres (53,000 ha), threatening the town and forcing the firefighters to evacuate their encampment.
9. Gates was significantly damaged by the wildfire.
10. Gates is served by the Santiam Canyon School District. Area students attend Santiam Elementary Schools, Mill City Middle School, and Santiam High School in Mill City.