Hinkle, Oregon

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Hinkle is an unincorporated community in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located south of Hermiston near U.S. Route 30/Interstate 84 and Oregon Route 207, within the Pendleton–Hermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area.[1] It is the site of the Union Pacific Railroad's (UP) Hinkle Locomotive Service and Repair Facility, part of the Hinkle Freight Classification Yard.[2]

Hinkle was a railway junction where a cutoff to Boardman rejoined the main line of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company that ran from Umatilla to Huntington.[2] When the cutoff was built in 1915, a station was needed at the junction with the main line, and Joseph T. Hinkle, a prominent local attorney, newspaper editor and politician, sold the railroad a small amount of land for that purpose.[2][3] The station was named in his honor.[2] According to the compilers of Oregon Geographic Names, the community of Hinkle "languished in obscurity for a third of a century", until 1951, when the completion of the McNary Dam flooded the former route of the UP's line.[2] When the tracks were relocated, UP built a major yard at the junction, expanding it beginning in 1976.[2]

From 1977 until 1997, Hinkle was a passenger stop on Amtrak's Pioneer route; the station code was HIK.[4][5] Hinkle was previously a stop on the UP's City of Portland route, with connections to Chicago.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Hinkle". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 469–470. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  3. ^ Gaston, Joseph; George H. Himes (1912). The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912. Vol. 2. S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. pp. 473–474. 
  4. ^ "Guiding Amtrak". The Register-Guard. May 31, 1977. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hinkle-Hermiston, Oregon (HIK)". Trainweb. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Now New, Faster More Convenient Rail Service East on Union Pacific (advertisement)". Spokane Daily Chronicle. October 14, 1959. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (July 17, 1967). "Rail Walkout Spreads East". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 45°47′47″N 119°18′44″W / 45.796521°N 119.312239°W / 45.796521; -119.312239