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Encyclopedia > Wasco County, Oregon

Wasco County is a county located in the state of Oregon. The county was named for a local tribe of Native Americans, the Wasco, a Chinook tribe who lived on the south side of the Columbia River, near The Dalles. As of 2000, the population is 23,791. Its county seat is The Dalles Originally, in continental Europe, a county was the land under the jurisdiction of a count. ... A U.S. state is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, together with the District of Columbia and Palmyra Atoll (an uninhabited incorporated unorganized territory), form the United States of America. ... State nickname: Beaver State Other U.S. States Capital Salem Largest city Portland Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) Official languages None Area 255,026 km² (9th)  - Land 248,849 km²  - Water 6,177 km² (2. ... Oregon Geographic Names is an authoritative compilation of the origin and meaning of place names in the state of Oregon. ... A Sioux in traditional dress including war bonnet, circa 1908. ... Chinook has several meanings: The Chinookan nation of Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, which inhabited the lower Columbia River valley in what is now Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Disamb: For the German rock group The Dalles, see The Dalles (band) The Dalles is a city located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... The United States 2000 census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Disamb: For the German rock group The Dalles, see The Dalles (band) The Dalles is a city located in Wasco County, Oregon. ...

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Economy

The county's economy is based upon agriculture (orchards, wheat farming, livestock ranching), lumber, manufacturing, electric power, transportation, and tourism. Aluminum production was previously a major support of the local economy, but electrical price fluctuations and a slump in global aluminum prices has forced the closing of a number of local aluminum foundries.


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,204 km² (2,395 mi²). 6,167 km² (2,381 mi²) of it is land and 37 km² (14 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.60% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile (symbol sq. ...


History

Celilo Falls on the Columbia River served as a gathering place and major trading center for the local Native Americans, including the Wasco, Paiute, and Warm Springs tribes, for thousands of years. These rapids came to be named Le Grand Dalles de la Columbia or "The Great Falls of the Columbia" by the French Canadian fur traders. Dipnet Fishing at Celilo Falls Located between the states of Oregon and Washington, Celilo Falls was a unique natural feature formed by the relentless push of the Columbia River through basalt-laden narrows east of the Cascade Mountains, onward towards the Pacific Ocean—the final leg of the rivers... Paiute (sometimes written as Piute) refers to two related groups — Northern Paiute and Southern Paiute — of Native Americans speaking languages belonging to the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan family of Native American languages. ... Warm Springs may refer to: Warm Springs, Georgia Warm Springs, Oregon Hot spring Warm Springs Indian Reservation This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The Dalles served initially as a way station on the emigrant road to the Willamette Valley. The construction of a pioneer road over the Cascades in 1845, and the Donation Land Claim Act of 1850 encouraged families to settle in the area. Over the following years, Wasco County was a major transportation hub for both river and inland traffic. The Willamette Valley is the region in northwest Oregon in the United States that surrounds the Willamette River as it proceeds northward from its emergence from mountains near Eugene to its confluence with the Columbia River. ... Mount Adams in Washington state The Cascade Range is a mountainous region famous for its chain of tall volcanoes called the High Cascades that run north-south along the west coast of North America from British Columbia to the Shasta Cascade area of northern California. ... The Donation Land Claim Act of 1850, sometimes known just as the Donation Land Act, was an historic law passed by the Congress of the United States intended to promote homestead settlement in the Oregon Territory in the Pacific Northwest (comprising the present-day states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho). ...


The Territorial Legislature created Wasco County on January 11, 1854 from the parts of Clackamas, Lane, Linn and Marion counties, that were east of the Cascade Range -- which included most of Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming. At the time of its creation, it was the largest county in the United States, consisting of 130,000 square miles. As Washington Territory and other Oregon counties were split away, Wasco was reduced to its current size. The Oregon Territory is the name applied both to the unorganized Oregon Country claimed by both the United States and Britain, as well as to the organized U.S. territory formed from it that existed between 1848 and 1859. ... January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Clackamas County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Lane County is a county in the state of Oregon. ... Linn County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Marion County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Mount Adams in Washington state The Cascade Range is a mountainous region famous for its chain of tall volcanoes called the High Cascades that run north-south along the west coast of North America from British Columbia to the Shasta Cascade area of northern California. ... State nickname: Gem State Other U.S. States Capital Boise Largest city Boise Governor Dirk Kempthorne (R) Official languages none Area 216,632 km² (14th)  - Land 214,499 km²  - Water 2,133 km² (0. ... State nickname: Treasure State Other U.S. States Capital Helena Largest city Billings Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) Official languages English Area 381,156 km² (4th)  - Land 377,295 km²  - Water 3,862 km² (1%) Population (2000)  - Population 902,195 (44th)  - Density 2. ... State nickname: Equality State Other U.S. States Capital Cheyenne Largest city Cheyenne Governor Dave Freudenthal (D) Official languages English Area 253,554 km² (10th)  - Land 251,706 km²  - Water 1,851 km² (0. ...


The Dalles was designated the county seat with the creation of the county, and has been its only location.


The river traffic on the Columbia River was profoundly affected in 1935 by the building of Bonneville Dam in Multnomah County and by The Dalles Dam in 1957 in Wasco County. 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Bonneville Lock and Dam is several dam structures that together complete a span of the Columbia River between the US states of Oregon and Washington at River Mile 146. ... Categories: Stub | Dams ...


Wasco county attracted international attention in the 1980s, when Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh came to the United States and settled for several years at a marginal ranch called "The Big Muddy", but later known as Rajneeshpuram. Disagreements over zoning rules and building codes in the beginning continued to escalate between not only his followers and the inhabitants of Wasco County, but eventually with the rest of the state. His followers, known as Rajneeshes, settled en bloc in Antelope, Oregon and were able to elect a majority of the town councillors. Acerbic, if not hostile comments by his spokeswoman, Ma Annand Sheela, only increased tensions, and were not helped by Rajneesh's vow of silence. When the Rajneeshes subsequently recruited homeless people from across the United States to settle at Rajneeshpuram, it was widely seen as an attempt to use the ballot box to seize control of the county. But perhaps the most bizarre turn of events was when an outbreak of salmonella in a salad bar at a restaurant in The Dalles was traced to the acts of his followers. About this time, Sheela was removed from her post in the Rajneesh's service. // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain (December 11, 1931 - January 19, 1990), better known during the 1970s as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and later as Osho, was the founder and leader of a controversial India and the United States. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Antelope is a city located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... A vow of silence is a period where you cant speak. ... A homeless man pushes a cart down the street. ... Species Salmonella bongori Salmonella choleraesuis Salmonella enterica Salmonella enteritidis Salmonella nyanza Salmonella paratyphi Salmonella typhi Salmonella typhimurium Salmonella virginia Salmonella is a genus of rod-shaped Gram-negative enterobacteria that causes typhoid fever, paratyphoid and foodborne illness. ...


This chapter in the county's history finally ended in 1985, when Rajneesh was arrested as he was fleeing the U.S. On October 23, 1985, a federal grand jury in Portland had secretly indicted Rajneesh, Sheela, and six other of his followers for immigration crimes. Two days later, a Wasco County grand jury returned indictments against Sheela and two others, charging them with the attempted murder of Swami Devaraj, the Bhagwan's personal doctor. He entered an Alford plea, and given a suspended sentence on condition that he leave the country. 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the law of the United States, an Alford plea is a plea in criminal court. ...


As of 2000, the former Rajneesh ranch is now known as "Wildhorse Canyon". It is owned and operated by Young Life Ministries, a Christian organzation providing camp services for youth. This article is in need of attention. ... Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament writings of his early followers. ...


Cities and towns

Antelope is a city located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Chenoweth is a census-designated place located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Disamb: For the German rock group The Dalles, see The Dalles (band) The Dalles is a city located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Dufur is a city located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Maupin is a city located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Mosier is a city located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Pine Grove is a town located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Pine Hollow is a census-designated place located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Rowena is a census-designated place located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Shaniko is a city located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Tygh Valley is a census-designated place located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Wamic is a census-designated place located in Wasco County, Oregon. ...

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 23,791 people, 9,401 households, and 6,505 families residing in the county. The population density is 4/km² (10/mi²). There are 10,651 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (4/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 86.58% White, 3.81% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.50% Pacific Islander, , 0.30% Black or African American, 5.65% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. 9.31% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 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. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 9,401 households out of which 30.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% are married couples living together, 9.90% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% are non-families. 26.10% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.50% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 2.96. Marriage is a legal, social, and religious relationship between individuals which has formed the foundation of the family for most societies. ...


In the county, the population is spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.10 males.


The median income for a household in the county is $35,959, and the median income for a family is $42,412. Males have a median income of $36,051 versus $21,575 for females. The per capita income for the county is $17,195. 12.90% of the population and 10.30% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.70% of those under the age of 18 and 7.30% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the number of people. ... The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


External links

  • Wasco County Home Page


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Flag | Governors | Congress | Ballot measures | Parks | Fair | Grape | Trail | Music | Breweries | Rivers File links The following pages link to this file: Eugene, Oregon Oregon Portland, Oregon Willamette Valley Beaverton, Oregon Tigard, Oregon Washington County, Oregon Corvallis, Oregon Salem, Oregon Oregon City, Oregon Lake Oswego, Oregon Flag of Oregon Yamhill County, Oregon Wheeler County, Oregon Wasco County, Oregon Wallowa County, Oregon Union County... State nickname: Beaver State Other U.S. States Capital Salem Largest city Portland Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) Official languages None Area 255,026 km² (9th)  - Land 248,849 km²  - Water 6,177 km² (2. ... State Capitol building in Salem Salem is the capital of the state of Oregon in the United States of America, and county seat of Marion County. ... The flag of Oregon bears upon its obverse the state seal supported by thirty-three stars, the words State of Oregon, and the year 1859. ... The Governor of Oregon is the top executive of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon. ... Senators Gordon Smith, Republican Ron Wyden, Democrat Representatives David Wu, Democrat, 1st District Greg Walden, Republican, 2nd District Earl Blumenauer, Democrat, 3rd District Peter DeFazio, Democrat, 4th District Darlene Hooley, Democrat, 5th District Categories: Oregon politicians ... The following is a partial list of Oregon ballot measures, dating back to 1990. ... This is a list of Oregon state parks. ... The Oregon Country Fair takes place every year in Veneta, Oregon, 15 miles west of Eugene for a three-day bash with 50,000 people. ... Binomial name Mahonia aquifolium (Pursh) Nutt. ... For other uses of the term, see Oregon Trail (disambiguation) The route of the Oregon Trail is shown in red in the western United States The Ox Team or the Old Oregon Trail 1852-1906 by Ezra Meeker. ... Oregons music scene is most active in Portland and the college town of Eugene. ... The following is a list of Oregon-based breweries and microbreweries. ... The following is a partial listing of rivers in the state of Oregon, United States of America. ...

Pacific NW regions:

Columbia River Gorge and Plateau | Treasure Valley | Inland Empire Darker red states are always part of the Pacific Northwest. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. ... The Washington towns of Spokane, Vantage, Yakima and Pasco, and the Oregon town of Pendleton, lie on the Columbia River Plateau. ... Treasure Valley is a region in Idaho roughly synonymous with the Boise metropolitan area. ... The Inland Empire is a region in the Pacific Northwest centered around Spokane, Washington, including much of the surrounding Columbia River basin. ...

Intrastate regions:

Eastern | Western | Mount Hood Corridor | Coast | Willamette Valley Eastern Oregon is a geographical term that is generally taken to mean the area of the state of Oregon east of the Cascade Range, save the region around the Dalles and sometimes Klamath County. ... Western Oregon is a geographical term that is generally taken to apply to the portion of the state of Oregon that is west of the Cascade Range. ... The Mt. ... The Oregon Coast is a geographical term that is used to describe all or part of the coast of Oregon along the Pacific Ocean. ... The Willamette Valley is the region in northwest Oregon in the United States that surrounds the Willamette River as it proceeds northward from its emergence from mountains near Eugene to its confluence with the Columbia River. ...

Major metros:

Eugene | Medford | Portland | Salem Eugene is the third largest city [1] and boasts the second largest metropolitan population [2] in the state of Oregon, and is also the county seat of Lane County, Oregon. ... Medford is a city located in Jackson County, Oregon. ... The Portland metropolitan area is the urban area centered in northern Oregon (Multnomah County and parts of Washington, Yamhill, and Clackamas counties) and southern Washington (Clark County). ... State Capitol building in Salem Salem is the capital of the state of Oregon in the United States of America, and county seat of Marion County. ...

Smaller cities:

Albany | Astoria | Bend | Brookings | City of The Dalles | Coos Bay | Corvallis | Dallas | Grants Pass | Gresham | Hermiston | Hood River | Klamath Falls | La Grande | Lebanon | McMinnville | Monmouth | Newberg | Ontario | Pendleton | Prineville | Redmond | Roseburg | Saint Helens | Silverton | Woodburn This List of cities in Oregon includes all incorporated towns and many unincorporated communities, arranged in alphabetical order. ... Albany is a city in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon. ... Astoria is the county seat of Clatsop County, Oregon6, situated near the mouth of the Columbia River. ... Bend is a city located in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. ... Brookings is a city located in Curry County, Oregon. ... Disamb: For the German rock group The Dalles, see The Dalles (band) The Dalles is a city located in Wasco County, Oregon. ... Coos Bay is a city located in Coos County, Oregon. ... Benton County Courthouse Corvallis is a city located in Benton County in central western Oregon. ... Dallas is the county seat of Polk County, Oregon. ... Grants Pass is a city and the county seat of Josephine County, Oregon6. ... Downtown Gresham at NE Roberts St and Powell Blvd. ... Hermiston is a city located in Umatilla County, Oregon. ... Hood River is a city and county seat of Hood River County, Oregon, and a river port on the Columbia River. ... Klamath Falls is a city located in Klamath County, Oregon. ... La Grande is a city located in Union County, Oregon. ... McMinnville is a city located in Yamhill County, Oregon. ... Monmouth is a city located in Polk County, Oregon. ... Newberg is a city located in Yamhill County, Oregon. ... Downtown Ontario. ... Pendleton is a city located in Umatilla County, Oregon. ... Prineville is a city located in, and the county seat of Crook County6. ... Redmond is a city located in Deschutes County, Oregon. ... Roseburg is a town and the country seat of Douglas County, Oregon6. ... St. ... Silverton is a city located in Marion County, Oregon. ... Woodburn is a city located in Marion County, Oregon. ...

Counties:

Baker | Benton | Clackamas | Clatsop | Columbia | Coos | Crook | Curry | Deschutes | Douglas | Gilliam | Grant | Harney | Hood River | Jackson | Jefferson | Josephine | Klamath | Lake | Lane | Lincoln | Linn | Malheur | Marion | Morrow | Multnomah | Polk | Sherman | Tillamook | Umatilla | Union | Wallowa | Wasco | Washington | Wheeler | Yamhill Map of the counties of Oregon List of Oregon counties: Baker County Benton County Clackamas County Clatsop County Columbia County Coos County Crook County Curry County Deschutes County Douglas County Gilliam County Grant County Harney County Hood River County Jackson County Jefferson County Josephine County Klamath County Lake County Lane... Baker County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Benton County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Clackamas County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Location in the state of Oregon Formed 1844 Seat Astoria Area  - Total  - Water 2,809 km² (1,085 mi²) 667 km² (18 mi²) 23. ... Coos County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Crook County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Curry County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Deschutes County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Douglas County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Gilliam County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Grant County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Harney County is a county created in the state of Oregon in 1889. ... Hood River County is a county created in the state of Oregon in 1908. ... Jackson County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Jefferson County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Josephine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. ... Klamath County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Lake County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Lane County is a county in the state of Oregon. ... Lincoln County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Linn County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Malheur County is a county located in the southeast corner of the state of Oregon. ... Marion County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Morrow County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Location in the state of Oregon Formed 22 December 1854 Seat Portland Area  - Total  - Water 1,206 km² (466 mi²) 79 km² (30 mi²) 6. ... Polk County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Sherman County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Tillamook County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Umatilla County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Union County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Wallowa County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Washington County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Wheeler County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ... Yamhill County is a county located in the state of Oregon. ...


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Wasco County, Oregon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (995 words)
The county was named for a local tribe of Native Americans, the Wasco, a Chinook tribe who lived on the south side of the Columbia River, near The Dalles.
Wasco county attracted international attention in the 1980s, when Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh came to the United States and settled for several years at a marginal ranch called "The Big Muddy", but later known as Rajneeshpuram.
In the county, the population is spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who are 65 years of age or older.
Wasco County, Oregon (1075 words)
Wasco County is named for the Wasco (or Wascopam) tribe of Indians that lived south of the Columbia River, near The Dalles.
When Wasco County was created from portions of Clackamas, Marion, Linn, and Lane Counties on January 11, 1854, it consisted of all of Oregon Territory between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains and from latitude 42deg.
When Wasco County was created, Jan. 11, 1854, it comprised all the area of the Oregon Territory between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains, an empire in itself.
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