Richmond, Oregon

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Richmond, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Old church in Richmond
Old church in Richmond
Richmond, Oregon is located in Oregon
Richmond, Oregon
Richmond, Oregon
Richmond, Oregon is located in the US
Richmond, Oregon
Richmond, Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 44°43′51″N 119°59′32″W / 44.73083°N 119.99222°W / 44.73083; -119.99222Coordinates: 44°43′51″N 119°59′32″W / 44.73083°N 119.99222°W / 44.73083; -119.99222
Country United States
State Oregon
County Wheeler
Named for Richmond, Virginia[1]
Elevation 3,215 ft (980 m)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[2]

Richmond is an unincorporated community in Wheeler County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Richmond lies on Richmond Road southeast of its intersection with Oregon Route 207 between Mitchell and Service Creek.[3] The community had a post office from 1899 to 1952.[1]

R. N. Donnelly gave the community its name in response to an argument with another pioneer resident, William Walters, about where to build a school. Donnelly called Walters "Jeff Davis" because he viewed Walters as rebellious and associated him with the rebels of the Confederate States of America and their president Jefferson Davis. Donnelly named the site "Richmond" after the capital city of the Confederacy.[1]

Buildings in Richmond included the school, a store, a Methodist Church, an Independent Order of Odd Fellows hall, and several homes, all later abandoned. In 1901 nearly 450 people attended the annual meeting of the Wheeler County Pioneer Association in Richmond.[4]


  1. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 809. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  2. ^ "Richmond". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-89933-347-2. 
  4. ^ Fussner, F. Smith, ed. (1975). Glimpses of Wheeler County's Past: An Early History of North Central Oregon. Portland, Oregon: Binford & Mort. pp. 53–55. ISBN 0-8323-0249-X.