Blitzen, Oregon

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Blitzen, Oregon
The town of Blitzen
The town of Blitzen
Blitzen is located in Oregon
Blitzen is located in the United States
Coordinates: 42°36′53″N 119°04′10″W / 42.61472°N 119.06944°W / 42.61472; -119.06944Coordinates: 42°36′53″N 119°04′10″W / 42.61472°N 119.06944°W / 42.61472; -119.06944
CountryUnited States
4,576 ft (1,395 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID1117817[1]

Blitzen is a ghost town in the Catlow Valley of southern Harney County, Oregon.


It appears that at some point a post office named Blitzen was established about 10 miles south of Narrows, and named for the Donner und Blitzen River, which flowed nearby. Another post office was established in another town called Blitzen on April 10, 1915. A Mr. Stewart served as the first postmaster, and the town's population gradually declined; there were only three families left in Blitzen in 1924. The Blitzen post office continued to operate as a small rural delivery site until it was closed in February 1943.[2][3][4][5] Today, there is no evidence of habitation at any of these sites except at the ghost town of Blitzen, where there are still a few deteriorated buildings at the town site, which is now located on the large Roaring Springs Ranch.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Blitzen, Oregon
  2. ^ LaLande, Jeff, "Catlow Valley", The Oregon Encyclopedia, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 2008.
  3. ^ McArthur, Lewis A. and Lewis L. McArthur, "Blitzen", Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition), Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland, Oregon, 2003, p. 90.
  4. ^ Saunders, Lucile F., "Retreat of Oregon Antelope Land of Lava Rock, Sage, Dust Whirlpools and Peculiar Houses", Section 4, The Sunday Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, 21 September 1924, p. 10.
  5. ^ Maxwell, Ben, "Where Jackrabbits have Roads", The Sunday Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, 9 September 1928, p. 6.
  6. ^ "Blitzen", Burns Times-Herald, Burns, Oregon, 20 May 1987.
  7. ^ McArthur, Lewis L. (1992). Oregon Geographic Names (sixth edition). Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 78. ISBN 0-87595-236-4.
  8. ^ "Blitzen". Ghost Towns. Retrieved December 26, 2016.