Vanator is an unincorporated community in Harney County, Oregon, United States. It is located on Crane-Venator Road about 17 miles southeast of Crane, near the South Fork Malheur River.
Alphena Venator, a native of Linn County, settled in Harney County as a youth in 1872. Alphena's father Jezreel is the namesake for Venator Canyon in Harney and Malheur counties. When Alphena established a livestock ranch in the area in 1884, the locale soon became known as "Venator". Venator post office was established in 1895, with Louella Venator as the first postmaster. The office was later moved two and a half miles north to a station on the now-abandoned Oregon Eastern Branch (or Burns Branch) of the Union Pacific railroad. As of 1976 there were only six buildings and a corral at the site, although at one time there was a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in the area.
- ^ a b "Venator". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 82. ISBN 0-89933-347-8.
- ^ a b c d e McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 991. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956.
- ^ a b Simpson, Peter K. (1987). The Community of Cattlemen: A Social History of the Cattle Industry in Southeastern Oregon, 1869-1912. University of Idaho Press. p. 132. ISBN 978-0893011178.
- ^ Schwieterman, Joseph P. (2004). When the Railroad Leaves Town: American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment. Truman State University Press. p. 228. ISBN 1-931112-13-4.
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Coordinates: 43°20′53″N 118°18′19″W / 43.347937°N 118.305195°W