The town of Lorane itself is built on two-levels. The two retail stores sit along
Territorial Road, the main route through the town. The old and quaint part of
the town which serves as the community center is located on an upper tier
overlooking the valley. The buildings are picturesque. The Lorane Elementary
School, the Christian Church, the I.O.O.F. and Rebekah Lodge, and the
Grange Hall all blend with their settings, as does the much newer Fire Hall
which sits across the street from them.
The Siuslaw Valley is a long winding gap between the hills to the east
separating it from Cottage Grove, and those to the northwest, which are the
beginning of the coast range. For simplicity's sake, the part of the Siuslaw
Valley which will be referred to in this book will be that which extends from
somewhat north of Gillespie Corners to the Siuslaw Falls area west of Lorane;
south to the Douglas County line; and east to the top of Cottage Grove
Although Lorane celebrated its 100th birthday in 1987, as the recognized post
office of "Lorane," the Siuslaw Valley was first considered home by white
settlers in the early 1850's. Before that, it was part of the vast hunting grounds
of Kalapuya-speaking Indian tribes.
About Lorane, Oregon
Lorane, Oregon is a small, rural community
located within a few miles of the headwaters of the
Siuslaw River. It sits in a position some 22 miles
southwest of Eugene; 12 miles west of Cottage
Grove; 13 miles southeast of Crow and 9 miles
north of Curtin.
A drive to Lorane through the Siuslaw Valley from
any direction is an extremely pleasant experience.
The beauty of the countryside with its lush green
trees, open fields, and rolling hills is a feast for the
|From Sawdust and Cider to Wine; A History of
Lorane, Oregon and the Siuslaw Valley
by Patricia Ann Edwards