Rome, Oregon

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Rome, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Rome, Oregon is located in Oregon
Rome, Oregon
Rome, Oregon
Rome, Oregon is located in the US
Rome, Oregon
Rome, Oregon
Coordinates: 42°50′21″N 117°37′42″W / 42.83917°N 117.62833°W / 42.83917; -117.62833Coordinates: 42°50′21″N 117°37′42″W / 42.83917°N 117.62833°W / 42.83917; -117.62833
Country United States
State Oregon
County Malheur
Elevation 3,386 ft (1,032 m)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 541
GNIS feature ID 1126268[1]
Coordinates and elevation from Geographic Names Information System[1]

Rome, also called Rome Station after its sole business, is an unincorporated community in Malheur County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is 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 U.S. Route 95, approximately 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Burns Junction.[2] Jordan Creek enters the river slightly downstream of Rome.[2] The elevation of Rome is 3,390 feet (1,033 m) above sea level.[1]

Name[edit]

According to Oregon Geographic Names, Rome was named by William F. Stine for the nearby geologic formations that suggested the ruined temples of Rome, Italy.[3] The 100-foot (30 m)-high Rome Cliffs,[4] or "Pillars of Rome" are formations of fossil-bearing clay, measuring about 5 miles (8 km) long and 2 miles (3 km) wide.[5]

Post offices[edit]

Rome's former post office was established in 1909. Leonard R. Duncan was the first postmaster.[3] Postal service is now out of Jordan Valley.

In the mid-19th century, there was another Oregon community named Rome. It was in Marion County, near Woodburn, and had a post office in 1851–52.[3]

Transportation[edit]

Rome State Airport is near Rome.[2] In addition to U.S. Route 95, several high-desert roads converge at or near Rome. These include the Old Idaho–Oregon–Nevada Highway, Rome Road, Skull Creek Road, and Indian Fort Creek Road.[2]

Climate[edit]

Rome has a steppe climate (BSk) according to the Köppen climate classification system.

Climate data for Rome
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 67
(19)
71
(22)
80
(27)
91
(33)
100
(38)
105
(41)
110
(43)
107
(42)
105
(41)
96
(36)
78
(26)
65
(18)
110
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 40.5
(4.7)
47.6
(8.7)
55.5
(13.1)
63.3
(17.4)
73.2
(22.9)
81.9
(27.7)
92.7
(33.7)
90.7
(32.6)
81.3
(27.4)
68
(20)
51.5
(10.8)
40.7
(4.8)
65.6
(18.7)
Average low °F (°C) 18.8
(−7.3)
23.1
(−4.9)
26.3
(−3.2)
30.7
(−0.7)
39.1
(3.9)
45.9
(7.7)
51.5
(10.8)
48.3
(9.1)
39
(4)
30.4
(−0.9)
23.6
(−4.7)
18.4
(−7.6)
32.9
(0.5)
Record low °F (°C) −27
(−33)
−17
(−27)
−4
(−20)
9
(−13)
14
(−10)
27
(−3)
28
(−2)
28
(−2)
15
(−9)
−2
(−19)
−11
(−24)
−26
(−32)
−27
(−33)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.74
(18.8)
0.52
(13.2)
0.73
(18.5)
0.83
(21.1)
1.21
(30.7)
1.09
(27.7)
0.33
(8.4)
0.34
(8.6)
0.42
(10.7)
0.61
(15.5)
0.7
(18)
0.78
(19.8)
8.3
(211)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 3
(8)
0.5
(1.3)
0.8
(2)
0.3
(0.8)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
0.8
(2)
2.3
(5.8)
8
(20)
Average precipitation days 6 5 6 6 6 6 2 2 2 4 6 6 57
Source: [6]
Pillars of Rome in southeastern Oregon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Rome". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 87. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 823. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  4. ^ "Rome Cliffs". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Pillars of Rome". Travel Oregon. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rome 2 NW, OR (357310)". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved November 26, 2015. 

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