Adrian is a tiny farming community of 147 people on the banks of the Snake River near the Oregon-Idaho border. It is named after Adrian, Illinois, the birthplace of Reuben McCreary, who platted the townsite and suggested the name. Adrian was settled in 1913 as a stop on a branch of the Oregon Short Line Railroad. After being idle for many years, the tracks were being removed in 2008.
The surrounding country along the Snake River is a major agricultural region where potatoes, onions, corn, beets, wheat and other crops are grown in large amounts. The influence of agriculture on Adrian can be seen in its related businesses along the main street. Originally this area was a barren desert, but irrigation water from the Snake and Owyhee Rivers has transformed it into productive farmland.
The Southern Alternate of the Oregon Trail passed through Adrian. In the later 1800s, many emigrants to Oregon passed along this way. The southern alternate route avoided the crossing of the Snake River at the cost of some additional length.
Oregon Highway 201 is the route transportation connecting to Adrian today. It travels north and south paralleling the Snake River and the Oregon-Idaho border.
Adrian is the closest town to Lake Owyhee, a reservoir on the Owyhee River in the volcanic mountains west of Adrian. In addition to being a recreation destination for boaters, the jagged and colorful volcanic rocks above the shoreline provide a striking scenic effect.
Emerald Slope Road|
State Highway 201