Durkee, Oregon

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Durkee is an unincorporated community in Baker County, Oregon, United States. It has a post office with the ZIP code of 97905.[1] Durkee lies at the Vandercar Road exit of Interstate 84.[2] Durkee is known as the site of Oregon's only cement plant, the Ash Grove Cement Company plant in nearby Nelson. It one of Baker County's largest private employers.[3][4]

Durkee was originally a stage stop called Express, and by the 1860s it was the only transfer point between Umatilla, Oregon and Boise, Idaho. It prospered as a water stop and telegraph station for the railroad, and later as a stop on Highway 30, the only paved road in the area. The community was platted in 1908, even though the population had already peaked.[5]


  1. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Durkee, Oregon
  3. ^ Jacoby, Jayson (March 17, 2014). "U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Visits Baker City". Baker City Herald. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Miller, Jeremy (January 11, 2010). "Mountains of mercury". High Country News. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bailey, Barbara Ruth (1982). Main Street: Northeastern Oregon. Oregon Historical Society. p. 51. ISBN 0-87595-073-6. 

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Coordinates: 44°34′56″N 117°27′53″W / 44.582105°N 117.464642°W / 44.582105; -117.464642