Cochran post office and railroad station was named Ashland, Wisconsin brothers who owned a large tract of timber nearby, Judge Joseph W. Cochran and J. Henry Cochran. It is near the headwaters of the Nehalem River. The Nehalem River is interesting in that its headwaters are on the east slopes of the Coast range in Washington County. From there it loops in a giant counter-clockwise circle through Washington, Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook Counties. The Tillamook Line formerly of the Southern Pacific Railroad leaves Banks and gains elevation west of Manning and enters the Nehalem River drainage near Timber (another sawmill ghost town) and proceeds up the Nehalem to its source and then crossing the summit of coast range goes down the Salmonberry on west side and then follows down the Nehalem to its confluence with the Pacific Ocean at Nehalem near Manzanita.