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Dorena Dam


Construction of Dorena Dam.
Courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dorena Dam is located on the Row River, a tributary of the Coast Fork of the Willamette and a transportation corridor for the Bohemia mining district. A railroad built at the turn of the century connected the small town of Dorena, Oregon, to the larger region and provided the means for moving timber to market. World War II interupted the construction of Dorena Dam when all non-essential projects were put on hold. The Corps finally completed the project in 1949 after they relocated the approximately one hundred homes of Dorena. Unlike Hebron, the town of Dorena survives to this day at its new location.


A completed Dorena Dam.
Courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Herschel Henderly's description of Dorena Dam

Cottage Grove Sentinel article: "Dorena Dam Now Stops Flow of Row River"

Cottage Grove Sentinel article: "Dorena Dam Dedication"