Arlington, Oregon

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Arlington is a city in Gilliam County, Oregon, United States. The account of how this city received its name varies: one tradition claims it was named after the lawyer Nathan Arlington Cornish; another tradition claims that the Southern inhabitants of this city had enough clout to rename the city after Arlington, Virginia, home of general Robert E. Lee. The population was 524 at the 2000 census.



Originally named Alkali, Arlington came into existence as a place for shipping cattle down the Columbia River. It was incorporated as Arlington by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on November 20, 1885.[3]

Following the completion of the John Day Dam, the original location of Arlington was moved south in 1963 to avoid the resulting inundation.

Arlington was the birthplace of musician Doc Severinsen, best known as the musical director for the American television program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1967 – 1992).

In 2008, mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist caused a controversy when it was discovered that she had posted photos of herself in lingerie on her personal MySpace page.[4] The photos depict the mayor wearing a black bra and panties, while posed on one of the city's fire engines. Because of these photos and "...issues about water and the local golf course", she was removed from office in a recall election.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), of which 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km2) (14.83%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 524 people, 223 households, and 144 families residing in the city. The population density was 295.2 people per square mile (113.7/km²). There were 277 housing units at an average density of 156.0/sq mi (60.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.42% White, 1.72% Native American, 1.72% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.24% of the population.

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