Tumalo is an unincorporated community in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States on U.S. Route 20 between Sisters and Bend. It is 8 miles (13 km) south of Eagle Crest Resort. In the Klamath language, tumolo means "wild plum," a plentiful shrub in south central Oregon. Tumola means "ground fog," which may have described Tumalo Creek. Tumallowa, the original name of Tumalo Creek, means "icy water." [see 2 below]
The town was originally called Laidlaw, after W. A. Laidlaw, the town promoter. The Tumalo Irrigation Project and Tumalo post office had been established in 1904. Although the project ended and the Tumalo post office closed in 1913, by 1915 residents of Laidlaw changed the town name to Tumalo.
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