Friend, Oregon

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Friend, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Friend, Oregon is located in Oregon
Friend, Oregon
Friend, Oregon
Friend, Oregon is located in the US
Friend, Oregon
Friend, Oregon
Coordinates: 45°20′48″N 121°16′02″W / 45.34667°N 121.26722°W / 45.34667; -121.26722Coordinates: 45°20′48″N 121°16′02″W / 45.34667°N 121.26722°W / 45.34667; -121.26722
Country United States
State Oregon
County Wasco
Elevation 2,447 ft (746 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 458 and 541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[1]

Friend is an unincorporated community in Wasco County in the U.S. state of Oregon. Considered a ghost town, little remains of the community except the Friend Store, a one-room schoolhouse, and a cemetery.[2][3]

Friend was named after George J. Friend.[4] The first post office in the community, established in 1903, was on his homestead.[4]

Friend was the end of the line on the Great Southern Railroad. The line was built in 1908 from Dufur, which connected to The Dalles.[5] The depot was closed and service ended on January 5, 1928; the line was abandoned in 1935. Few signs of the track still exist.[6]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Friend has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[7]

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  1. ^ "Friend". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
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  3. ^ USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project:Wasco County
  4. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 385. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  5. ^ Railroad Commission of Oregon (1913). Sixth Annual Report of the Railroad Commission of Oregon to the Governor. Salem, Oregon: Willis S. Duniway, State Printer. p. 165. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Oregon Topographic Map". Acme Labs. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Friend, Oregon". Weatherbase. CantyMedia. 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 

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