Dexter, Oregon

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Unincorporated community
The Dexter Lake Club
The Dexter Lake Club
Dexter is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Dexter is located in the US
Dexter (the US)
Coordinates: 43°54′58″N 122°49′18″W / 43.91611°N 122.82167°W / 43.91611; -122.82167Coordinates: 43°54′58″N 122°49′18″W / 43.91611°N 122.82167°W / 43.91611; -122.82167
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lane
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)

Dexter is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States. It is located near Dexter Lake (a.k.a. Dexter Reservoir), a reservoir of the Middle Fork Willamette River along Oregon Route 58.

A post office was established in the locality in 1872 and named "Butte Disappointment", after a local landmark named in 1848.[1] The post office was renamed "Dexter" in 1875, apparently after the "Dexter" brand cook stove owned by the postmaster's family.[1]

Access to Dexter Lake, a popular fishing and boating site, is available at Dexter State Recreation Site. The nearby Dexter Lake Club was used in the filming of the road trip scene in the movie Animal House.[2]

The Lost Valley Educational Center is an intentional community near Dexter.

The Parvin Bridge, a covered bridge near Dexter, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[3] It carries Parvin Road over Lost Creek, which flows by Dexter.[4][5]

In 2002, despite not having a city government, Dexter residents opened a public library, the Cascades Foothills Library, that as of August 2006 they are hoping to expand into a regional library.[6]


  1. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 286. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.
  2. ^ Dexter Lake Club Archived 2008-02-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. January 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  4. ^ "United States Topographic Map". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 1, 2016 – via Acme Mapper.
  5. ^ "Lost Creek (Parvin) Covered Bridge" (PDF). Oregon Department of Transportation. December 19, 2002. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
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