Phoenix is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. Take a look below for 15 interesting and fun facts about Phoenix, Oregon, United States.
1. The population was 4,538 at the 2010 census.
2. Phoenix is a part of the Medford Metropolitan Statistical Area, in the Rogue Valley, and is 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Medford on Interstate 5.
3. The area was settled in about 1850 by brothers Hiram and Samuel Colver.
4. Samuel Colver laid out the town in 1854.
5. Early residents included Milton Lindley, who operated a sawmill that provided timbers in 1855 for a blockhouse as well as a flouring mill owned by Sylvester M. Wait.
6. For a time, the settlement was known locally as Gasburg after a talkative employee in the kitchen serving the mill hands.
7. Wait, who was an agent for the Phoenix Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut, assigned the official name, Phoenix, to the community and, in 1857, to its post office.
8. Waitsburg, Washington, was later named after Wait.
9. On September 8, 2020, much of Phoenix, along with neighboring Talent and parts of Medford and Ashland, were destroyed by the Almeda Drive Fire.
10. On September 11, 2020, authorities said they were preparing for a mass fatality incident.
11. On September 11, it was reported that 600 homes and 100 commercial buildings have been destroyed by the Almeda Drive Fire, but on September 18, that number was updated to 2,800. Officials stated that the Almeda Drive Fire was human-caused.
12. On September 11, a man was arrested for arson, for allegedly starting a fire that destroyed multiple homes in Phoenix and merged with the Almeda Drive Fire.
13. A separate criminal investigation into the origin point of the Almeda Drive Fire in Ashland is ongoing.
14. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.44 square miles (3.73 km2), all of it land.
15. An independent film titled Phoenix, Oregon was produced in 2018 and revolves around two characters who live in the city. Despite this, the film was actually shot in Klamath Falls, Oregon.