Plush, Oregon

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Unincorporated community
Store in Plush in 2007
Store in Plush in 2007
Plush is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°24′42″N 119°54′14″W / 42.41167°N 119.90389°W / 42.41167; -119.90389Coordinates: 42°24′42″N 119°54′14″W / 42.41167°N 119.90389°W / 42.41167; -119.90389
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lake
Elevation[1] 4,511 ft (1,375 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Coordinates and elevation from the Geographic Names Information System[1]

Plush is an unincorporated rural community in the Warner Valley of Lake County, in the U.S. state of Oregon.[1] Its name is said to have derived from a mispronunciation of the word flush during a 19th century poker game played in the community.[2] The Plush post office was established in 1888, and David R. Jones was the first postmaster.[2]

The one notable attraction in the area is Antelope Hot Springs (an informal name) located on the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. The refuge protects many animals, including the pronghorn antelope, Sage Grouse, mule deer, and bighorn sheep.[3][4]

Plush is home to a large Oregon sunstone gemfield. Sunstone is the Oregon state gemstone. The sunstone found in Plush is different from other sunstones found elsewhere in the world because of the copper content found in the mineral.[5]


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Plush has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Plush". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 771. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  3. ^ Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge - GORP
  4. ^ "Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. May 25, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Plush, Oregon Mine Information, gem sunstone
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Plush, Oregon