Location of Hood River County in Oregon

Hood River County, Oregon

  Towns & Places - Old & New

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Much of the information below is taken from the U.S. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), which is the United States' official repository of domestic geographic names information. There is credible evidence that not all GNIS information is correct, so Oregon Geographic Names (OGN), by Lewis A. McArthur and Lewis L. McArthur, 7th edition, was used for corroboration of GNIS information. OGN also turned up some additional locales and historical post offices.

Having had the frustrating experience of searching for someone who'd written a letter from a town long forgotten in history, I tried to make the chart below as useful as possible to those who perhaps are just beginning to explore Hood River County.
  • What GNIS calls "populated place" has been redesignated City or Community. These places currently exist.
  • Most of the places listed in the Community category also had elementary and/or high schools before consolidation of schools began or population began dropping off. When speaking or writing of his/her residence, your ancestor may have used the community designation rather than the actual post office name. For example, even though during my growing-up years all my family's mail was addressed to Hood River, Oregon, if anyone asked me where I lived I said, "Pine Grove."
  • The Other Locales category refers to areas of the county, usually lightly populated, with no unifying social organization. They're "areas" as opposed to "places," and almost anyone you stopped on a Hood River street could tell you how to get there.
  • Historical Locale and Historical Post Office refer to places that "were." The land is still there, of course, but the reasons for their existence, e.g., a railroad stop, no longer exist.
  • In this era of global positioning instruments, the latitude and longitude of these places may be helpful to some, and for those who prefer to work from maps the USGS map name is given in the last column.
  • Until June 23,1908 Hood River County was part of Wasco County, and prior to Wasco County's creation in 1854 it belonged to Clackamas County. Thus, if you have a letter written by your ancestor and sent from the Tucker  post office in 1893, you'll need to look for records in Wasco County. Similarly, if you can place your ancestor in the present Hood River County area prior to 1854, you'll be looking for records in Clackamas County.
  • See http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~westklic/earlyhhr.html for a brief 1889 Oregonian article about settlement of the city of Hood River.
Please note: We welcome corrections and additions to the data shown here. In addition, we welcome submission of Hood River County related material for publication on this web site. You would receive recognition on this site, and the donated materials remain your property. Please contact me to discuss any of these matters.

Source Feature Name Post Office Dates Category Latitude Longitude USGS Quad Map
Cities and Communities
BJ
Barrett
---
Community
N/A
N/A
N/A
GNIS Cascade Locks 1878 - present
City 454012N 1215322W Bonneville Dam
GNIS Dee - Closed in 1959; mail is now received at Mount Hood Parkdale.
1906 - 1959
Community
Historical Post Office
453518N 1213732W Dee
GNIS
Frankton
---
Community
454230N 1213315W Hood River
GNIS Hood River - The county seat.
9/30/1858 - present
City 454220N 1213113W Hood River
GNIS Mount Hood - Consolidated in 1976 with Parkdale; the post office is now called Mount Hood Parkdale.
? - 1976
Community
Historical Post Office
453217N 1213402W Parkdale
GNIS Oak Grove ---
Community 453946N 1213515W Hood River
GNIS
OGN
Odell - The original post office name was Newtown; that was changed to Odell in March, 1911.
6/1910 - present
Community 453738N 1213231W Hood River
GNIS Parkdale - Consolidated in 1976 with Mount Hood; the post office is now called Mount Hood Parkdale. 1910 - 1976
Community
Historical Post Office
453112N 1213544W Parkdale
GNIS Pine Grove ---
Community 453915N 1213045W Hood River
GNIS Rockford ---
Community 454045N 1213312W Hood River
Other Locales
GNIS Clifton ---
Other Locale
454226N 1213323W Hood River
GNIS
Dee Flat
---
Other Locale
453439N 1213821W Dee
GNIS
Dukes Valley ---
Other Locale
 453745N
1213319W
Hood River
GNIS
Hood River Meadows
---
Other Locale
451926N 1213819W Mount Hood South
GNIS
Long Prairie
---
Other Locale
453036N 1213039W Parkdale
GNIS
Lost Lake
---
Other Locale
452952N
1214903W
Bull Run Lake
GNIS Powerdale ---
Other Locale 454214N 1213020W Hood River
GNIS Summit ---
Other Locale 453804N 1213319W Hood River
GNIS Trout Creek ---
Other Locale 453405N 1213655W Parkdale
GNIS Van Horn ---
Other Locale 453925N 1213025W Hood River
GNIS Viento 1/1869 - 5/1918
Other Locale
Historical Post Office
454154N 1213946W Mount Defiance
GNIS
Willow Flat
---
Other Locale
453636N 1213201W Parkdale
GNIS Winans ---
Other Locale 453610N 1213740W Dee
GNIS Windmaster Corner ---
Other Locale 454045N 1213236W Hood River
GNIS Wyeth 1901 - 1936
Other Locale
Historical Post Office
454127N 1214607W Carson
Historical Locales and Post Offices
GNIS Bloucher ---
Historical Locale 453753N 1213552W Hood River
GNIS Blue Grouse Campsite ---
Historical Locale 453523N 1215136W Wahtum Lake
GNIS Camp 1 ---
Historical Locale 453320N 1213537W Parkdale
GNIS Cedar Swamp Campsite ---
Historical Locale 453724N 1214715W Wahtum Lake
GNIS Conway ---
Historical Locale 453810N 1213239W Hood River
GNIS Farley ---
Historical Locale 454144N 1214949W Carson
GNIS
OGN
Fir
3/1910 - 6/1915
Historical Locale
Historical Post Office
453615N
1213011W
Parkdale
GNIS
Grandview
---
Historical Locale
450436N 1212740W Foreman Point
GNIS Holstein ---
Historical Locale 453644N 1213720W Parkdale
GNIS
Lenz, aka Lentz
---
Historical Locale 453747N 1213123W Hood River
GNIS Lindsey ---
Historical Locale 454117N 1214252W Mount Defiance
OGN Meno - The shortened name for Menominee.
1918 - 3/31/1909
Historical Locale
454225N 1213530W Hood River
OGN Menominee - The original name for Meno, shortened by the railroad to Meno in 1918.
1903 - 1918
Historical Post Office 454225N 1213530W Hood River
GNIS Mohr ---
Historical Locale 453821N 1213108W Hood River
OGN
Nicolai - Predecessor of Menominee post office
1900-1903
Historical Post Office
454225N 1213530W Hood River
OGN Ruthton
---
Historical Locale 454235N 1213420W Hood River
GNIS Seven-and-a-Half Mile Campsite ---
Historical Locale 453656N 1214716W Wahtum Lake
GNIS Seven-and-a-Half Mile Campsite ---
Historical Locale 453417N 1215108W Wahtum Lake
GNIS
OGN
Shell Rock - Operated for a while across the river in Washington Territory under the name Collins Landing. 4/14/1873 -  8/19/1878
Historical Locale
Historical Post Office
454128N 1214651W Carson
GNIS Sonny ---
Historical Locale 454211N 1213720W Hood River
GNIS
OGN
Straightsburg
10/19/1888 - 11/18/1891
Historical Post Office
453704N
1213043W
Parkdale
GNIS Tenas Camp ---
Historical Locale 453613N 1215245W Tanner Butte
GNIS
Tucker
1/15/1892 - 6/2/1900
Historical Post Office
453907N
1213336W
Hood River
GNIS Woodworth ---
Historical Locale 453205N 1213517W Parkdale
GNIS Wy’east Campsite ---
Historical Locale 453543N 1215201W Wahtum Lake


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