How a blacksmith came to name Coburg, Oregon

The Oregon town’s original name was “Diamond” after one of its first settlers, but a blacksmith decided otherwise after shoeing a horse.

COBURG, Ore. — Seated about 10 miles north of Eugene, the town of Coburg with just over a thousand people is known for its antiquities and small town charm. Before it was known as Coburg, it went by a gem of a name.

“Originally, the town of Coburg was named after John Diamond,” said Lane County Historian Marin Aurand.

John Diamond and another man, Jacob Spores, settled there in the 1840s. The area took on Diamond’s name, although it was anything but

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