Imnaha, Oregon

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Imnaha is located in Oregon
Imnaha is located in the United States
Coordinates: 45°33′34″N 116°50′0″W / 45.55944°N 116.83333°W / 45.55944; -116.83333Coordinates: 45°33′34″N 116°50′0″W / 45.55944°N 116.83333°W / 45.55944; -116.83333
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (Pacific)

Imnaha is an unincorporated community at the confluence of Big Sheep Creek and the Imnaha River in Wallowa County, Oregon, United States.[1][2] Its elevation is 1,978 feet (603 m).[1] Oregon Route 350 connects Imnaha to the nearest incorporated city, Joseph, 30 miles (48 km) to the west. Imnaha is best known as the gateway to the Hat Point scenic lookout on Hells Canyon at the Snake River.

The name Imnaha means "land ruled over by Imna"; Imna was a local Native American subchief.[2] The post office in Imnaha opened January 4, 1885,[2] but the townsite was not established until 1901; it was platted in 1902.[3]

Imnaha is the easternmost settlement in the state of Oregon.


This region experiences extremely hot and dry summers. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Imnaha has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[4]

Notable person

  • Eugene Pallette, actor of the silent films era who became a character actor following the transition to talking pictures


  1. ^ a b "Imnaha". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  3. ^ Bailey, Barbara Ruth (1982). Main Street: Northeastern Oregon. Oregon Historical Society. pp. 30, 55. ISBN 0-87595-073-6.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Imnaha, Oregon

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