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Galice
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Oregon
County Josephine
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97532
Area code(s) 458 and 541

Galice is an unincorporated community in Josephine County in Southern Oregon, United States. It is at the eastern end of the treacherous Bear Camp Road.

History

Galice was officially settled in 1852 as a mining community, deriving its name from one of its founders, Louis Galice. It was at first called Galiceburg, and located on Galice Creek upstream from the Rogue River. Today it sits on the Rogue, downstream from the junction with Galice Creek.

 The creek was a hot spot for gold prospecting in the 1850s.

The community received a post office in 1876, and by 1905 had a school as well (with 11 students in the first class). By 1922, however, the Post Office was moved down the river, and it closed entirely in 1927. The school, too, closed in the late 1940s.

Logging replaced mining as the town's principal industry in the mid 20th century, before giving way in turn to the tourist trade. Hellgate Canyon, located nearby, was the site of filming for parts of John Wayne's 1975 film Rooster Cogburn. Today the site holds a small number of tourist businesses.

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