Sprague River, Oregon

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Sprague River
Unincorporated community
Sprague River is located in Oregon
Sprague River
Sprague River
Sprague River is located in the US
Sprague River
Sprague River
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 42°27′20″N 121°30′11″W / 42.45556°N 121.50306°W / 42.45556; -121.50306Coordinates: 42°27′20″N 121°30′11″W / 42.45556°N 121.50306°W / 42.45556; -121.50306
Country United States
State Oregon
County Klamath
Elevation[1] 4,354 ft (1,327 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97639
Area code(s) 541
GNIS feature ID 1150145

Sprague River is an unincorporated community in Klamath County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is about 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Klamath Falls near the Sprague River, northwest of Oregon Route 140.[2]

History[edit]

The Sprague River was named for Captain Franklin B. Sprague, who participated in the Snake and Paiute Indian wars, and was in command of Fort Klamath in 1866.[3] His name was applied to the river by 1864, and perhaps earlier.[3] The Klamath name for the stream was Plai or Plaikni Koke.[3] Koke was the generic word for "river" and plai meant the river came from upper or higher country.[3] Sprague River post office, named after the stream, was established September 14, 1923, with Benjamin E. Wolford as the first postmaster.[3] There was an earlier post office named Sprague River much farther east and upstream of the current community.[3]

Sprague River had a station on the Oregon, California and Eastern Railway,[3] which by 1929 reached from Klamath Falls to Bly. A 1941 timetable lists Sprague River as the 12th stop east of Klamath Falls between East Switch Back and Beatty.[4] After 1990, the rail line near Sprague River became part of a rail trail, the OC&E Woods Line State Trail, managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.[5]

At one time there was a sawmill in Sprague River, which shut down in 1943. There was also a box factory.[6]

Climate[edit]

Sprague River has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb) according to the Köppen climate classification system.

Climate data for Sprague
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 59
(15)
67
(19)
80
(27)
83
(28)
94
(34)
99
(37)
102
(39)
104
(40)
101
(38)
90
(32)
72
(22)
65
(18)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 39.1
(3.9)
44.4
(6.9)
49.6
(9.8)
57.6
(14.2)
66.8
(19.3)
75.1
(23.9)
84.5
(29.2)
83.8
(28.8)
76.8
(24.9)
65
(18)
48.1
(8.9)
39.7
(4.3)
60.9
(16.1)
Average low °F (°C) 16.7
(−8.5)
20.4
(−6.4)
23.4
(−4.8)
26
(−3)
31.8
(−0.1)
37.5
(3.1)
41.5
(5.3)
39.7
(4.3)
32.4
(0.2)
25.9
(−3.4)
22.9
(−5.1)
17.4
(−8.1)
28
(−2)
Record low °F (°C) −27
(−33)
−24
(−31)
−13
(−25)
7
(−14)
12
(−11)
12
(−11)
20
(−7)
18
(−8)
10
(−12)
4
(−16)
−23
(−31)
−32
(−36)
−32
(−36)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.55
(64.8)
1.72
(43.7)
1.69
(42.9)
1
(30)
1.14
(29)
0.86
(21.8)
0.41
(10.4)
0.56
(14.2)
0.66
(16.8)
1.17
(29.7)
2.24
(56.9)
2.5
(64)
16.49
(418.8)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 10.2
(25.9)
6.9
(17.5)
5.3
(13.5)
1.5
(3.8)
0.3
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
5.4
(13.7)
9.9
(25.1)
39.9
(101.3)
Average precipitation days 10 9 9 7 6 5 2 3 3 5 10 10 79
Source: [7]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sprague River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 64. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 904. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  4. ^ Culp, Edwin D. (1978). Stations West: The Story of the Oregon Railways. New York: Bonanza Books. pp. 160–62. OCLC 4751643. 
  5. ^ "OC&E Woods Line State Trail" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ Lamm, W. E. (c. 1944). "Lumbering in Klamath" (PDF). p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ "SPRAGUE RIVER 2 SE, OR (358007)". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved November 26, 2015. 

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