Pocahontas, Oregon

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Pocahontas, Oregon
Former unincorporated community
Pocahontas, Oregon is located in Oregon
Pocahontas, Oregon
Pocahontas, Oregon
Pocahontas, Oregon is located in the US
Pocahontas, Oregon
Pocahontas, Oregon
Coordinates: 44°48′52″N 117°58′20″W / 44.81444°N 117.97222°W / 44.81444; -117.97222Coordinates: 44°48′52″N 117°58′20″W / 44.81444°N 117.97222°W / 44.81444; -117.97222
Country United States
State Oregon
County Baker
Elevation 3,674 ft (1,120 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature ID 1125494[1]

Pocahontas is a historic former community[1] in Baker County, Oregon, United States. It lies northwest of Baker City along Pocahontas Road near the Elkhorn Mountains.[2]

The town was named after Pocahontas, a famous Native American woman.[3] According to Oregon Geographic Names, which cites Thirty-One Years in Baker County, an unknown number of people laid out a town called Pine City in the 1860s near the base of the mountains. Pine City, probably founded in 1862, was along Pine Creek and was meant to serve as a place of accommodation for miners and others traveling through the region. Meanwhile, John McClain, a rancher who lived nearby, established Pocahontas and persuaded the people of Pine City to move there.[3]

Pocahontas, also meant as a traveler's resting stop, soon had a hotel, blacksmith shop, and express office. It set up a post office on August 4, 1863, with Thomas McMurran as postmaster. The year of the post-office closing is in doubt, either 1864 or 1872.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Pocahontas". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-89933-347-2. 
  3. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 771–72. ISBN 978-0875952772. 

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