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About Malheur County

Malheur County was created on February 17, 1887, with 9,930 square miles of mountainous grassland in the southeast corner of Oregon. The Snake River passes along the northeast corner of the county, and lowlands along the river provide a fertile farmland. Most of the county's 31,615 residents live in this area. The county’s largest city, Ontario, is found here. The Malheur River, for which the county is named, crosses the through center of the county from the west to east, where it joins the Snake River near Ontario. Vale, the county seat, lies in one of the valleys along the Malheur River.

In the mid-1800s, thousands of settlers passed through Malheur County, fallowing the Oregon Trail. Interstate 84 passes through the same area now. U.S. Highways 20 and 26 cross the county from east to west, sharing a common route at the crossing of the Snake River, then splitting at Vale. Highway 20 follows the Malheur River, while Highway 26 turns northward. U.S. Highway 95 passes through the southern part of the county, coming from Nevada to the south, and passing into to Idaho to the east.

Malheur County is predominantly very arid, and vegetation is generally very sparse. Irrigation water makes farming possible along the rivers. Onions, sugar beets, corn and alfalfa are common crops.

The name Malheur originated with the early trapper Peter Skene Ogden who gave it this name on the occasion of his losing his cache of furs. The name is French for “misfortune.”

Lake Owyhee:
Lake Owyhee is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malheur County, located in the hills several miles southwest of Nyssa. This large reservoir is fed by the Owyhee River and is surrounded by colorful cliffs of volcanic rock. It is a popular retreat for boating. A scenic drive along the the Owyhee River brings you to the lake.

For More Information:
See Malheur County’s official website, www.malheurco.org. See also Wikipedia, Malheur County, Oregon.

Street Index

13 1/2 Avenue
13th Avenue
14th Avenue
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Adams Road
Alberta Avenue
Beet Dump Road
Big Bend Road
Bit Road
Bonita Road
Butte Drive
Clark Boueivard
Clark Boulevard
Cloverdale Avenue
Columbia Avenue
Coyote Gulch Road
Echo Road
Eleventh Avenue
Emerald Slope Road
Enterprise Avenue
Fairview Drive
Fifth Avenue
Fischer's Place
Fourth Avenue
Foxtail Road
Gem Avenue
Grand Avenue
Hale Road
Heritage Drive
Hop Road
Imperial Avenue
Indian Creek Road
Ivanhoe Avenue
Janeta Avenue
Jefferson Drive
Keeney Pass Turnout
King Avenue
Klamath Avenue
Kochsmeier Road
Laan Lane
Landfill Road
Lincoln Drive
Logan Road
Lytle Boulevard
M State Line Road
Maag Road
Main Street
Malheur Reservoir Road
Mandiola Road
Miller Road
Morgan Avenue
Napton Road
Ninth Avenue
Norwood Drive
Onion Avenue
Oregon Trail
Overstreet Road
Owyhee Avenue
Owyhee Lake Road
Owyhee River
Park Avenue
Pheasant Road
Pole Creek Reservoir Road
Pope Road
Primrose Road
Red Top Road
Ridgeview Road
River Road
Road D
Road E
Road F
Road G
Road H
Road I
Road J
Road K
Rock Springs Road
Rose Creek Road
Roswell Road
Russet Road
Seventh Avenue
Sixth Avenue
Snake River
Sophin Drive
South Fork Willow Creek
State Highway 201
Stephens Boulevard
Streinger Road
Succor Creek Road
Tenth Avenue
Third Avenue
Twelfth Avenue
U.S. Highway 26
U.S. Highways 20 & 26
Vale View Road
Viewcrest Road
Vista Drive
Willow Creek
Willow Creek Road
Wood Bridge Road

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