Rieth, Oregon

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Rieth, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Rieth, Oregon is located in Oregon
Rieth, Oregon
Rieth, Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 45°39′39″N 118°52′17″W / 45.66083°N 118.87139°W / 45.66083; -118.87139Coordinates: 45°39′39″N 118°52′17″W / 45.66083°N 118.87139°W / 45.66083; -118.87139
Country United States
State Oregon
County Umatilla
Elevation 1,010 ft (310 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 458 and 541
GNIS feature ID 1126008[1]
Coordinates and elevation from Geographic Names Information System

Rieth is an unincorporated community in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is south of Interstate 84/U.S. Route 30/U.S. Route 395 about 5 miles (8 km) west of Pendleton near the Umatilla River.[2]

Rieth was an important division point of the Oregon-Washington Railway and Navigation Company, which named the station at the new shops and terminals it constructed there after a local pioneer family, the Rieths.[3][4] The railway's Pilot Rock Line, constructed in 1907, joined the mainline in Rieth.[5][6] This line was once the Umatilla Central Railroad.[5] In 1917, the Post Office Department established an office named "Reith".[4] The name was soon corrected by the United States Board on Geographic Names.[4] The post office closed in 1971.[4] The main railroad yards, now owned by Union Pacific, were later moved to Hinkle.[4]

In 1922, Rieth had a population of 200, a school, a store, and other businesses.[3] In 1940 Rieth had a population of 45.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Rieth". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 74. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b Neal, Patricia. "Umatilla County, Oregon 1922: Rieth". A Place Called Oregon. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 811, 899. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  5. ^ a b "Union Pacific: Pilot Rock Branch". High Desert Rails. trainweb.org. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Laubaugh, Glenn. "The Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Company". The Pacific Northwest Chapter National Railway Historical Society. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Oregon (1940). Oregon: End of the Trail. American Guide Series. Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort. p. 261. OCLC 4874569. 

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