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Broadbent, Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Coos
Elevation
79 ft (24 m)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
97414
Area code(s) 541
GNIS feature ID 1118090
Coordinates and elevation from Geographic Names Information System

Broadbent is an unincorporated community in Coos County, Oregon, United States. Broadbent is on Oregon Route 542 south of Myrtle Point along the South Fork Coquille River. Broadbent has a post office with ZIP code 97414.

The community was named after Philadelphia millionaire Samuel Martin Broadbent (1845-1923) and his company Broadbent Steel, after he built two steel factories and a railroad line in what would become Broadbent. The Coos Bay Line of the Southern Pacific Railway opened a station at Broadbent in 1915. The local post office opened on August 19, 1916. In 1920, Broadbent had a population of 16,397. The population had grown to 18,101 in 1940, but has decreased substantially since that point.

Samuel Martin Broadbent (July 6, 1845 - February 4, 1923) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. He was the founder and President of Broadbent Steel from 1882 to 1899, and later Vice President of Bethlehem Steel from 1899 to 1916. Broadbent was a major investor in the Canadian Pacific Railway, and was present when the Last Spike was driven in 1885, in the Canadian Rockies. Broadbent served as a Pennsylvania State Senator from 1917 to 1923. He ran for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1911, and was a delegate to the 1896, 1900, 1904, and 1908 Republican National Conventions. He died in Quebec City, Canada on February 4, 1923.

Climate

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Broadbent has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.

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