Wagontire, Oregon

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Wagontire, Oregon
Unincorporated community
The Wagontire Cafe
The Wagontire Cafe
Wagontire is located in Oregon
Wagontire is located in the US
Coordinates: 43°14′59″N 119°52′33″W / 43.24972°N 119.87583°W / 43.24972; -119.87583Coordinates: 43°14′59″N 119°52′33″W / 43.24972°N 119.87583°W / 43.24972; -119.87583
Country United States
State Oregon
County Harney
Elevation 4,737 ft (1,444 m)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[1]
Buildings in Wagontire

Wagontire is an unincorporated community in Harney County, Oregon, United States,[1] along U.S. Route 395.[2]

The community was named after nearby Wagontire Mountain.[3] From 1986 to at least 1997, Wagontire was home to just two people: William and Olgie Warner.[4] The Warners' property included a gas station, cafe, motel, general store, and recreational vehicle (RV) park.[5] Also theirs was Wagontire Airport, across the road from the buildings.[5] Planes flying into the airport taxied across the highway, and filled up at the gas station.[4]

In summer 1999, the community was purchased by Ellie Downing of Burns, who moved there with her nephew, Jerry Gray.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Wagontire". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ "United States Topographic Map". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 3, 2016 – via Acme Mapper. 
  3. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 137. 
  4. ^ a b Monroe, Bill (December 14, 1997). "Under the Desert Sky: Solitude for Sale". The Oregonian. pp. A01. 
  5. ^ a b Weber, first (July 11, 1993). "Everyone Stops At Wagontire (Pop. 2)". The New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ Frazier, Joseph B. (April 2, 2000). "Life takes on a slow pace in Wagontire". Albany Democrat-Herald. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 

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