Oregon County Information 

 

  
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Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer  of the United States
(Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Jeana Gallagher)

 

 

Name

Date Est.

Origin of Name

City Seat

Baker

9/22/1862

Named after Col. Edward D. Baker

Baker City

Benton

12/23/1847

Named after Sen. Thomas Hart Benton

Corvallis

Clackamas

7/5/1843

Named for Clackamas Indians

Oregon City

Clatsop

6/22/1844

Named for Clatsop Indians

Astoria

Columbia

1/16/1854

Captain Robert Gray, commanding the Columbia Rediviva, landed on Columbia County's timbered shoreline in 1792.

St. Helens

Coos

12/22/1853

Derives from a native Coos Bay Indian Tribe

Coquille

Crook

10/24/1882

Named for Maj. Gen. George Crook

Prineville

Curry

12/18/1855

Named after Gov. George L. Curry

Gold Beach

Deschutes

12/13/1916

French-Canadian fur trappers of the Hudson’s Bay Company gave the name Riviere des Chutes (River of the Falls) to the Deschutes River, from which Deschutes County took its name.

Bend

Douglas

1/7/1852

Named after Sen. Stephen A. Douglas

Roseburg

Gilliam

2/25/1885

Named after Col. Cornelius Gilliam

Condon

Grant

10/14/1864

Named after Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

Canyon City

Harney

2/25/1889

Named after Harney Lake which was named after Maj. Gen. William S. Harney

Burns

Hood River

6/23/1908

Named for Hood River

Hood River

Jackson

1/12/1852

Named for Pres. Andrew Jackson

Medford

Jefferson

12/12/1914

Named for Mount Jefferson

Madras

Josephine

1/22/1856

Named for Virginia “Josephine” Rollins

Grants Pass

Klamath

10/17/1882

Named for the Klamath or “Clamitte” tribe of Indians

Klamath Falls

Lake

10/24/1874

Poss. named for numerous lakes

Lakeview

Lane

1/28/1851

Named for Gen. Joseph Lane

Eugene

Lincoln

2/20/1893

Named for Pres. Abraham Lincoln

Newport

Linn

12/28/1847

Named for Sen. Lewis F. Linn

Albany

Malheur

2/17/1887

Derives its name from the “Riviere au Malheur”

Vale

Marion

7/5/1843

Named for Gen. Francis Marion

Salem

Morrow

2/16/1885

Named for J.L. Morrow

Heppner

Multnomah

12/22/1854

Lewis and Clark made note of the Indian village of Multnomah on Sauvie Island in 1805, and applied that name to all local Indians. The name is derived from nematlnomaq, probably meaning “downriver.”

Portland

Polk

12/22/1845

Named for Pres. James Knox Polk

Dallas

Sherman

2/25/1889

Named for Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

Moro

Tillamook

12/15/1853

Name Tillamook comes from the Tillamook (or Killamook) Indians

Tillamook

Umatilla

9/27/1862

Named for Umatilla City

Pendleton

Union

10/14/1864

Named for the town of Union

La Grande

Wallowa

2/11/1887

This rather isolated area was claimed by the Chief Joseph band of the Nez Perce as its hunting and fishing grounds. The Nez Perce used the word “wallowa” to designate a tripod of poles used to support fish nets

Enterprise

Wasco

1/11/1854

Named for the Wasco (or Wascopam) Indian tribe

The Dalles

Washington

7/5/1843

Named for President George Washington

Hillsboro

Wheeler

2/17/1899

Named for Henry H. Wheeler

Fossil

Yamhill

7/5/1843

Named after the Yamhelas, members of the Kalapuya Indian family

McMinnville

 

 

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