Stayton is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States, located 12 miles (19 km) southeast of the state capital, Salem, on Oregon Route 22. Take a look below for 15 fascinating and awesome facts about Stayton, Oregon, United States.
1. It is south of Sublimity and east of Aumsville.
2. Located on the North Santiam River, Stayton is a regional agricultural and light manufacturing center.
3. The population was 7,644 at the 2010 census.
4. Established in 1872, it was incorporated in 1891.
5. Stayton is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.
6. Stayton was founded by Drury Smith Stayton, who purchased the town site in 1866 and built a carding mill and sawmill on a watercourse of the North Santiam River.
7. In 1872, he platted the town site, and that same year the community received a post office.
8. A ferry crossing of the Santiam River operated from 1876 until a bridge was constructed in 1888.
9. By 1880, a laundry had been established by Kee Sing and Tom. The first newspaper, The Stayton Sun, was published in 1889 by T. H. McGill.
10. The founder of Stayton, Drury Stayton, originally wanted to name the city after his daughter, Florence Stayton. After his petition was denied by the post office because another city in Oregon was named Florence, he chose Stayton and named a street after his daughter.
11. The city was incorporated as the Town of Stayton in 1891 after a failed attempt in 1884.
12. Stayton is served by the North Santiam School District. Public schools in Stayton include Stayton High School, Stayton Middle/Intermediate School, and Stayton Elementary School. Private Catholic schools include Regis High School and St. Mary Elementary School.
13. Santiam Hospital is the lone hospital in the city. The only state highway is Route 22, which is located on the north side of Stayton, separating it from Sublimity.
14. Local attractions include Pioneer Park with the Stayton–Jordan Bridge, a covered bridge. A copy of the Jordan Bridge that spanned Thomas Creek east of Scio, it was moved to the park in 1988.
15. Destroyed by fire in 1994, it was rebuilt and painted white. It is used for social occasions such as weddings. Kingston Prairie Preserve, 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Stayton, protects a remnant of the native prairie that was once common in the central Willamette Valley. Silver Falls State Park is northeast of Stayton; it is the largest state park in Oregon and a major tourist destination in the region, popular for its camping, and for its waterfalls.