Riley, Oregon

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Riley, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Post office in Riley
Post office in Riley
Coordinates: 43°32′30″N 119°30′14″W / 43.54167°N 119.50389°W / 43.54167; -119.50389Coordinates: 43°32′30″N 119°30′14″W / 43.54167°N 119.50389°W / 43.54167; -119.50389
Country United States
State Oregon
County Harney
Elevation 4,226 ft (1,288 m)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97758
Area code(s) 541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[1]

Riley, Oregon is an unincorporated community in Harney County, Oregon, United States. The center of the community is at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 395 and U.S. Highway 20, milepost 104. Riley is about 28 miles (45 km) west of Burns, the seat of Harney County. The elevation of Riley is 4,226 feet (1,288 m).

Riley is farming and ranching community. Farmers grow alfalfa, hay, and root crops.[2]

A post office named Riley was established in about 1885, and named for stockman Amos Riley of the ranching partnership Riley and Hardin.[3][4] There was a Hardin post office located 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Riley, so the people who lived on Silver Creek suggested the new post office be called Riley.[3] Riley's post office closed in 1919, but was reopened in 1949 after an office called Suntex was closed.[3]

The Oregon Department of Transportation has a camera for road and weather conditions located at the intersection of U.S. 20 and U.S. 395 in Riley, facing west-northwest.[5]


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

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  1. ^ "Riley". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Riley, Oregon". Harney County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 812. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  4. ^ Harney County Comprehensive Plan
  5. ^ TripCheck - Road Cams, Road & Weather Conditions in Oregon
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Riley, Oregon
  7. ^ "Eastern Point Schedule". TAC Transportation. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 

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