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Chapter Six The Stayton/Sublimity Community Resource Unit

Section One: Baseline Social and Economic Information

A. Community Description

Geographic Features

The Stayton/Sublimity Community Resource Unit (CRU) stretches from near Silver Falls State Park to the north, to a western boundary between Stayton and Aumsville, to the south into Linn County and north of Rogers Mountain, and to the east to Stout Mountain west of Mehama. Figure 16 shows a map of the Unit.

People to the west of the CRU are called “flatlanders”, while the east is referred to as “up” or “up the canyon” or “up the river.” The Bend area and eastern Oregon is referred to as “over the mountains.”

Within the CRU, the “Real Stayton” is a local term for the downtown core, especially east of 1st Street. “Westown” in the northwest was touted as “the” place to live, but the poor quality construction of the development turned out to be a real disappointment for many residents. People refer to that area as separate. Canals and ditches mark the history and values of local people and also define their physical space. New developments are creating neighborhood boundaries since they are not integrated in style or physical layout with adjacent residential areas.

Local landmarks mentioned frequently are Swiss Village (“up the river”), the golf course, and the “swamp” where the Dairy Queen is located.

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