Government Camp, Oregon

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Government Camp
Unincorporated community
Center of business district in Government Camp
Center of business district in Government Camp
Government Camp is located in Oregon
Government Camp
Government Camp
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 45°18′15″N 121°45′24″W / 45.30417°N 121.75667°W / 45.30417; -121.75667Coordinates: 45°18′15″N 121°45′24″W / 45.30417°N 121.75667°W / 45.30417; -121.75667
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clackamas
Population (2010)
 • Total 193
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Trees of the Mount Hood National Forest outside of Government Camp

Government Camp is an unincorporated community located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, south of Mount Hood and north of Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain. It is the only town within five miles of Mount Hood and therefore it is the de facto "mountain town." It is a gateway to several ski resorts, the most popular being Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Skibowl. Also, Government Camp has its own, smaller ski resort, Summit Ski Area. And, somewhat farther, there is another very popular resort, Mount Hood Meadows.

The community is located within the Mount Hood Corridor on U.S. Route 26 (aka the Mount Hood Scenic Byway), near its intersection with Oregon Route 35 and the Barlow Pass summit of the Cascade Range.

Government Camp was given its name by settlers traveling the Barlow Road, who discovered several wagons abandoned there by the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen.


Over the last decade,[when?] Government Camp went through a revitalization effort due to a Clackamas County urban renewal district. With that district expiring in 2007, the community had been looking at ways to maintain current services. At a town hall meeting on November 17, 2006, citizens voted not to form a village 41-58.[1] Many residents voted against the proposal in order to seek incorporation.[2] In May 2010, residents of the community voted on incorporation,[3] but the measure failed by a vote of 48 against incorporation and 35 in favor of incorporation.[4] Had the city been formed, the city would have had 138 registered voters within the city limits at the time of formation.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Guibord, Garth (May 25, 2010). "Government Camp voters reject new city". The Sandy Post (Pamplin Media Group). Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Government Camp voters reject village proposal
  3. ^ Tims, Dana (May 1, 2010). "Government Camp voters will decide whether to incorporate". The Oregonian. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Government Camp incorporation measure fails". The Oregonian. May 19, 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 

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