Echo, Oregon

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Echo is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. The population was 650 at the 2000 census. It is part of the PendletonHermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The original Oregon Trail passed just south of Echo. When the Columbia Plateau Route opened in 1847, it passed directly through Echo, crossing the Umatilla River. This eventually became the primary route of the Oregon Trail. Frequently pioneers would stay in Lower Crossing Camp, also located in Echo (the Upper Crossing being at Pendleton).[3] In the 1860s, settlers began moving into the area, and built a ferry crossing the Umatilla River at Echo. The city of Echo is named after Echo Koontz, daughter of JH Koontz and W (Brassfield) Koontz, who were town promoters. [4]. Agriculture was the first draw, with alfalfa and corn being the main crops. A town was platted by 1880, and the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company built a railroad through the Echo by 1883, which made the town a shipping point for wool, cattle and sheep during the early 1900s. Echo was incorporated in 1904.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 650 people, 240 households, and 168 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,091.3 people per square mile (418.3/km²). There were 252 housing units at an average density of 423.1/sq mi (162.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.38% White, 0.15% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 6.92% from other races, and 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.15% of the population.

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