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Encyclopedia > Klamath Falls, Oregon
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Nickname: Oregon's City of Sunshine
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 42°13′24″N 121°46′39″W / 42.22333, -121.7775
Country United States
State Oregon
County Klamath
Incorporated 1905
Government
 - Mayor Todd Kellstrom
Area
 - Total 18.7 sq mi (48.5 km²)
 - Land 17.9 sq mi (46.3 km²)
 - Water 0.9 sq mi (2.2 km²)
Elevation 4,099 ft (1,249.4 m)
Population (2006)
 - Total 20,720
 - Density 1,230.7/sq mi (420.7/km²)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97600-97699
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-39700GR2
GNIS feature ID 1136445GR3
Website: www.ci.klamath-falls.or.us

Klamath Falls, is a city in Klamath County, Oregon, United States. Originally called Linkville when George Nurse founded the town in 1867, after the Link River on whose falls this city sits. The name was changed to Klamath Falls circa 1892. The population was 19,462 at the 2000 census, with the 2006 estimate at 20,720.[1] The regional population is near 40,000, counting suburbs (primarily the community of Altamont). It is the county seat of Klamath County.GR6 EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Image File history File links Klamath_County_Oregon_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Klamath_Falls_Highlighted. ... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... 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History

The Klamath Indians were the first inhabitants of the area. Their name for this place was Yulalona or Iwauna, which referred to the phenomenon of the Link River flowing upstream when the south wind blew hard. Their name for the falls was Tiwishkeni, or "where the falling waters rush". This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


The Modoc Tribe's homeland is about 20 miles south of Klamath Falls, and the war of 1872 - 1873 was a hugely expensive campaign for the US Cavalry, costing an estimated $500,000 the equivalent over 8 Million in yr 2000 dollars. 17 Indians and 83 whites were killed.[1] For other uses, see Modoc (disambiguation). ...


The Applegate Trail, which passes through the lower Klamath area, was blazed in 1846 from west to east to find a safer route for emigrants on the Oregon Trail. The Applegate Trail was a north-south wilderness trail through Oregon Territory. ...


The Klamath Reclamation Project began in 1906 to drain marshland to allow for agriculture. With the building of the main "A" Canal, water was first made available May 22, 1907. Veterans of World War I and World War II were given homesteading opportunities on the reclaimed land.[2] The Klamath Reclamation Project or Klamath Project was developed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation to supply farmers with irrigation water and farmland in the Klamath Basin. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


During World War II, a Japanese-American internment camp, the Tule Lake War Relocation Center, was located in nearby Newell, California, and a satellite of the Camp White, Oregon, POW camp was located just on the Oregon-California border near the town of Tulelake, California. In May 1945, about 30 miles east of Klamath Falls, (near Bly, Oregon) a Japanese balloon bomb killed a woman and five children on a church outing. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... A concentration camp is a large detention centre created for political opponents, aliens, specific ethnic or religious groups, civilians of a critical war-zone, or other groups of people, often during a war. ... Tule Lake War Relocation Center was an internment camp in northern California near Tule Lake used in the Japanese-American internment during World War II. It was one of the largest and most notorious of the camps, and did not close until after the war, in 1946. ... Newell is a small community about 4,000 feet above mean sea level in Modoc County, California in the United States. ... Camp White was an Army training base in Jackson County, Oregon, United States, during World War II. It was also the site of a prisoner-of-war (POW) camp. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... Tulelake (pronounced Tu-lee lake) is a city in Siskiyou County, California, United States. ... Bly is an unincorporated community in Klamath County, Oregon, about 44 miles east of Klamath Falls. ... The term fire balloon can mean a small unmanned hot air balloon for festivities; this is also called a sky lantern. ...


Timber harvesting through the use of railroad was extensive in Klamath County for the first few decades of the 20th century.[3] With the arrival of the Union Pacific in 1909, Klamath Falls grew quickly from a few hundred to several thousand. Dozens of lumber mills cut Fir and Pine lumber and the industry flourished until the late 1980s when the Northern Spotted Owl and other endangered species were driving forces in changing western forest policy. Trinomial name Strix occidentalis caurina The Northern Spotted Owl, Strix occidentalis caurina, is one of three Spotted Owl subspecies. ...


Water rights controversy

The city made national headlines in 2001 when a court decision was made to shut off Klamath Project irrigation water on April 6 because of endangered species act requirements. The lost river sucker and shortnose sucker were listed on the Federal Endangered Species List in 1988, and when drought struck in 2001, a panel of scientists stated that further diversion of water for agriculture would be detrimental to these species, which reside in the Upper Klamath Lake, as well as to the protected coho slamon which spawn in the Klamath River. After many protests by farmers and a criticised revision of the biologist's decision, a new plan was implemented in early 2002 to resume irrigation to farmers. is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The scientific name for the Shortnose Sucker is External links The following is a link about suckers [1] Shortnose suckers are found in California and Oregon ( Debbie Chang 2006) Category: ... The Siberian Tiger is a subspecies of tiger that are critically endangered. ... Upper Klamath Lake Upper Klamath Lake is a large, shallow freshwater lake east of the Cascade Range in south central Oregon in the United States. ... The Klamath River, approximately 250 mi (400 km) long, is a major river of the Pacific coast in southern Oregon and northern California in the United States. ...


This may have led to mass die-off of the salmon, practically shutting down the fishing industry in the region and leading to over $60 million in disaster aid being given to fisherman to offset losses.


In March 2006, the plan was found to be in violation of the Endangered Species Act and a new ruling was made to shut off irrigation if natural water levels go below a specified point.[2] This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


According to a National Academy of Sciences report of October 22, 2003, limiting irrigation water did little if any to help endangered fish and may have hurt the populations.[3] However, this report has been widely criticized as politically motivated.[2] President Harding and the National Academy of Sciences at the White House, Washington, DC, April 1921 The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a corporation in the United States whose members serve pro bono as advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Geography

Klamath Falls is located at 42°13′24″N, 121°46′39″W (42.223441, -121.777578),GR1 at an elevation of 4099 feet.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.7 mi² (48.5 km²). 17.9 mi² (46.3 km²) of it is land and 0.9 mi² (2.2 km²) of it (4.54%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Klamath Falls has a high desert landscape. The older part of the city sits on natural geothermal springs. These have been used for the heating of homes and streets, primarily in the downtown area. Mojave Desert The Mojave or Mohave Desert occupies a significant portion of Southern California and parts of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. ... Hydrothermal vents are fissures in a planets surface from which geothermally heated water issues. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 19,462 people, 7,916 households, and 4,670 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,089.5/mi² (420.7/km²). There were 8,722 housing units at an average density of 488.3/mi² (188.6/km²). Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ...


The racial makeup of the city was:

9.32% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 7,916 households out of which:

  • 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them
  • 42.2% were married couples living together
  • 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present
  • 41.0% were non-families
  • 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals
  • 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older

The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.99. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


The age distribution was:

  • 25.5% under the age of 18
  • 13.1% from 18 to 24
  • 27.2% from 25 to 44
  • 21.5% from 45 to 64
  • 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older

The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 101.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $28,498, and the median income for a family was $37,021. Males had a median income of $31,567 versus $22,313 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,710. About 21.9% of the population and 16.2% of families were below the poverty line, including 26.8% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Economy

Sky Lakes Medical Center is the largest employer in the area, followed by Klamath Falls City School District and JELD-WEN, a manufacturer of doors and windows. JELD-WEN is a corporation over 150 divisions and more than 20,000 employees worldwide. ...


Klamath Falls is home to the 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, stationed at Kingsley Field airbase. The Oregon Air National Guard is the air wing of the Oregon National Guard, and operates the Portland Air Base at the Portland International Airport, Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, and the Camp Rilea Air Station in Warrenton where it trains and equips members to provide national defense and security... Kingsley Field is an Air National Guard base located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. ...


Colleges and universities

For other uses, see OIT (disambiguation). ... External Link to Klamath Community College ...

Recreation

Klamath Falls is home to many outdoor winter and summer activities. The nearby Running Y Ranch Resort, features a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, an ice skating arena Bill Collier Community Ice Arena, trailriding, and overlooks Upper Klamath Lake, the largest natural lake in the Pacific Northwest. There is also a canoe trail through the wildlife refuge at Rocky Point. This article is about the golfer. ... Upper Klamath Lake Upper Klamath Lake is a large, shallow freshwater lake east of the Cascade Range in south central Oregon in the United States. ...


Klamath Falls is located on the Pacific Flyway, and large numbers of waterfowl and raptors are seen at all times of the year. The largest concentration of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 winter in Bear Valley, just 10 miles west of Klamath Falls, near Keno, and the American White Pelican shows in great numbers in summer.


Crater Lake National Park is 50 miles north of Klamath Falls and the 33 mile rim drive circumnavigating the lake is a favorite of cyclists. Winter cross country skiing in the park is also very popular. The more than mile high Crater Lake Marathon [4] is an annual event. Image:CraterLake Oregon USA.jpg Crater Lake with Wizard Island Crater Lake National Park is a United States National Park located in Southern Oregon whose primary feature is Crater Lake. ...


Notable residents

Sharron Angle (born 1949, Klamath Falls, Oregon) is a four term Republican member of the Nevada Assembly representing the 26th district from 1999 to 2005. ... As Selena Coombs in American Gothic Brenda Bakke is an American actress. ... Dennis Bennett was an American Episcopalian Priest, who, starting in 1960, believed that he had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. ... Chris Eyre (b. ... James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an award-winning American film director, best known for the results of his long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, which included both Indian-born producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... Harry Mauch Bats Both, Throws Right School Southern Oregon University Birthplace Klamath Falls, Oregon Height 511 A nephew of Gene Mauch, and a one time rising star, Harry Mauch played two years in the minor leagues. ... Daniel Dion (Dan) OBrien (born July 18, 1966 in Portland, Oregon) is an American decathlete. ... Charles Orlando Porter (April 4, 1919 - January 1, 2006) was a politician from the U.S. state of Oregon. ... Manuel Sanchez Manuel Sanchez (born November 26, 1981 in Klamath Falls, Oregon) is the guitarist for the Kansas City-based Post-Hardcore band, Flee The Seen. ... Pete Whisler is the head baseball coach of the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) Hustlin Owls of Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States. ... Paul Vernon Zahniser (September 6, 1896 - September 26, 1964) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Washington Senators (1923-24), Boston Red Sox (1925-26) and Cincinnati Reds (1929). ...

Sister city

Klamath Falls has one sister city [6], as designated by Sister Cities International: Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ... Sister Cities International is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering town twinning, especially between a city in the United States and a city in another country. ...

Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Rotorua is a city located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. ...

See also

The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges Complex is a wildlife preserve operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service located in the Klamath Basin of southern Oregon and northern California near Klamath Falls, Oregon. ... Klamath Lake is a large freshwater body located in Klamath County Oregon, a small distance south of Crater Lake and close to Klamath Falls[1]. Upper Klamath Lake, at approximately 30 miles long and as much as 8 miles wide at poins is the largest body of freshwater west of... The Klamath Reclamation Project or Klamath Project was developed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation to supply farmers with irrigation water and farmland in the Klamath Basin. ... The Klamath River, approximately 250 mi (400 km) long, is a major river of the Pacific coast in southern Oregon and northern California in the United States. ...

References

  1. ^ PSU: Population Research Center
  2. ^ a b Becker, Jo; Gellman, Barton (June 27, 2007), "Leaving No Tracks", The Washington Post, <http://blog.washingtonpost.com/cheney/chapters/leaving_no_tracks/index.html>. Retrieved on 2007-07-19
  3. ^ url=http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=10838

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

Coordinates: 42.223441° N 121.777578° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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