Waterman, Oregon

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Waterman, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Derelict building at Waterman
Derelict building at Waterman
Waterman, Oregon is located in Oregon
Waterman, Oregon
Waterman, Oregon
Waterman, Oregon is located in the US
Waterman, Oregon
Waterman, Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 44°37′10″N 119°53′25″W / 44.61944°N 119.89028°W / 44.61944; -119.89028Coordinates: 44°37′10″N 119°53′25″W / 44.61944°N 119.89028°W / 44.61944; -119.89028
Country United States
State Oregon
County Wheeler
Named for Ezekial Waterman, who settled here in 1862,[1] or his son, John W. Waterman[2]
Elevation 3,947 ft (1,203 m)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[3]

Waterman, also known as Waterman Flat, is an unincorporated community in Wheeler County, in the U.S. state of Oregon.[3] Waterman lies southeast of Richmond and northeast of Mitchell at the intersection of Richmond Road, Parrish Creek Road, and Waterman Road. Waterman Road intersects U.S. Route 26 about 10 miles (16 km) south of Waterman.[4] The cattle-ranching community had a post office from 1887 to 1944. Caleb N. Thornburg was the first postmaster.[2]

In the late 19th century, Waterman Flat was a stagecoach stop with a hotel and a livery stable. By 1975, the ruins of a barn were all that remained.[1]


  1. ^ a b Fussner, F. Smith, ed. (1975). Glimpses of Wheeler County's Past: An Early History of North Central Oregon. Portland, Oregon: Binford & Mort. p. 60. ISBN 0-8323-0249-X. 
  2. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 1015. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  3. ^ a b "Waterman (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-89933-347-2.