Olex, Oregon

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Olex is an unincorporated community in Gilliam County, Oregon, United States, at an elevation of 1,020 feet (310 m).[1] It is located on Oregon State Route 19 about halfway between Condon and Arlington, at the bottom of the Rock Creek Grade.

Olex was named for Alex Smith, a local resident; the name was misspelled in transmission. The Olex post office operated from 1874 to 1976.[2] Olex is the birthplace of Oregon politician Earl Snell.[3]


  1. ^ "Olex". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 721. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  3. ^ "Governor Earl W. Snell's Administration: Biographical Note". Oregon State Archives. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 45°29′49″N 120°10′08″W / 45.4970745°N 120.1689270°W / 45.4970745; -120.1689270