Crane, Oregon

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Crane, Oregon
Unincorporated community & census-designated place
Crane Post Office
Crane Post Office
Crane, Oregon is located in Oregon
Crane, Oregon
Crane, Oregon
Crane, Oregon is located in the US
Crane, Oregon
Crane, Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 43°24′55″N 118°34′42″W / 43.41528°N 118.57833°W / 43.41528; -118.57833Coordinates: 43°24′55″N 118°34′42″W / 43.41528°N 118.57833°W / 43.41528; -118.57833
Country United States
State Oregon
County Harney
Elevation 4,134 ft (1,260 m)
 • Total 129
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97732
Area code(s) 541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[1]

Crane is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Harney County, Oregon, United States, northeast of Malheur Lake on Oregon Route 78. Its population was 129 at the 2010 Census.

Crane was named for the prominent local features Crane Creek and Crane Creek Gap.[2] Crane Creek Gap is the pass between the Harney Basin and the drainage basin of the South Fork Malheur River.[2] Crane Creek is probably named for the sandhill crane, which was once abundant in Eastern Oregon.[2] Crane post office was established in 1895 and discontinued in 1903.[2] When the Union Pacific[3] railroad was completed from Ontario, Oregon, in 1916, the post office was reopened.[2]

Until the railroad was finished to Burns in 1924, Crane was an important livestock shipping point,[2] and the town was thriving with its five restaurants, four hotels, three garages, two general merchandise stores, a warehouse, a lumber yard, livery stables, a dance hall, a newspaper, a bank and a movie theater.[3] After a series of fires, the latest in 1938, however, the town never returned to its former prosperity.[3] As of 2011, the businesses in Crane included a post office, a gas station, which is combined with a café and tavern, a farm supply store, and a local realtor.[3]

Crane Union High School and Crane Elementary School are in Crane. The high school, which draws students from a large rural district, is a boarding school.[3]


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Crane has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[4]


  1. ^ "Crane". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 245. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Crane Rural Community: A Brief History". Harney County Economic Development. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Crane, Oregon

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