Olex, Oregon

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Olex, Oregon
Olex is located in Oregon
Olex is located in the United States
Coordinates: 45°29′49″N 120°10′08″W / 45.49694°N 120.16889°W / 45.49694; -120.16889Coordinates: 45°29′49″N 120°10′08″W / 45.49694°N 120.16889°W / 45.49694; -120.16889
CountryUnited States
1,020 ft (310 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature ID1126141[1]
Coordinates and elevation from the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)[1]

Olex is an unincorporated community in Gilliam County, Oregon, United States, at an elevation of 1,020 feet (310 m).[1] It is along Oregon State Route 19 about halfway between Condon and Arlington, at the bottom of the Rock Creek Grade.

Olex was named for Alex Smith, a local resident; the name was misspelled in transmission. The Olex post office operated from 1874 to 1976.[2] Olex is the birthplace of Oregon politician Earl Snell, who served as Governor of Oregon from 1943 until 1947.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Olex". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  2. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 721. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  3. ^ "Governor Earl W. Snell's Administration: Biographical Note". Oregon State Archives. Retrieved January 30, 2015.

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