Friend, Oregon

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Friend is an unincorporated community in Wasco County, Oregon, United States. Considered a ghost town, little remains of the community except the Friend Store, a one-room schoolhouse, and a cemetery.[1][2]

Friend was named after George J. Friend.[3] The first post office in the community, established in 1903, was on his homestead.[3]

Friend was the end of the line on the Great Southern Railroad. The line was built in 1908 from Dufur which connected to The Dalles.[4] The depot was closed and service ended on January 5, 1928; the line was abandoned in 1935. Few signs of the track still exist.[5]

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This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Friend has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6]


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  2. ^ USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project:Wasco County
  3. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 385. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  4. ^ Railroad Commission of Oregon (1913). Annual report of the Railroad Commission of Oregon to the governor. The Commission. p. 165. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  5. ^ See topographic map. Accessdate 2011-01-13.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Friend, Oregon

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Coordinates: 45°20′49″N 121°15′58″W / 45.34694°N 121.26611°W / 45.34694; -121.26611