Rome, Oregon

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Rome is located in Oregon
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Rome is located in USA
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Rome is an unincorporated community in Malheur County, Oregon, part of the Ontario, OR–ID Micropolitan Statistical Area. In the sparsely populated high desert of southeastern Oregon, Rome is immediately west of the Owyhee River on US-95, approximately 12 miles (20 km) northeast of Burns Junction. The elevation of Rome is 3,390 feet (1,033 m) above sea level.

Rome was named for some peculiar geologic formations that suggested the ruined temples of Rome, Italy.[1] The 100-foot (30 m)-high Rome Cliffs,[2] or "Pillars of Rome" are formations of fossil-bearing clay, measuring about 5 miles (8.0 km) long and 2 miles (3.2 km) wide.[3] Rome's post office was established in 1909.[1]

ZIP code 97910, Area codes 541 and 458

Rome is the main setting for John Keeble's novel Broken Ground.

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Rome Station Store,
Rome, Oregon
Pillars of Rome in southeastern Oregon

Marion County[edit]

At one time there was also a community named "Rome" in Marion County, near Woodburn, which had its own post office from 1851–1852.



  1. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 823. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  2. ^ "Rome Ciffs". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Pillars of Rome". Travel Oregon. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 

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Coordinates: 42°50′17″N 117°37′44″W / 42.838°N 117.629°W / 42.838; -117.629