Patton Valley was named for William and Mary Patton who relocated there in 1850 from Missouri. Their son, Robert Patton, continued to live in the area for many years. It is interesting to note how much earlier that area as populated compared the northern regions of the West Oregon Service territory.
There is evidence, however from the Patton Valley Petroglyphs that these settlers were not the first in the area. The Atfalati peoples of the Patton Valley and Wapato area apparently disappeared before Europeans first came to the area.
The mouth of Patton Valley found just north of Gaston, and the Valley extends northwest. As is sort of typical, it is a broad flat valley that gets progressively narrower as you go up it until it disappears into the coast range.