Halfway, Oregon

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Halfway is a city in Baker County, Oregon, United States. This town took its name from the fact that the post office, located on the Alexander Stalker ranch, was halfway between Pine and Cornucopia. The population was 337 at the 2000 census.



The area was originally used as hunting territory by the Nez Perce, Umatilla and Shoshone tribes.

It was explored and mapped by Benjamin Bonneville in the 1830s, and first settled by Euro-Americans in the 1860s. The smaller national forests now combined into the local Wallowa–Whitman National Forest were created in 1908.

While a post office was established in 1887, the town was platted in another location in 1907, the post office moved there in 1908,[3] and it incorporated in 1909.

The town has always been primarily a farming and ranching community. There was a small gold rush to nearby Cornucopia, now a ghost town, and some timber industry in the early 20th century. Major employer the Idaho Power Company now operates three hydroelectric dams on the Snake River.

Halfway earned a place in the history of the dot-com era when it received, and accepted in December 1999, an offer to rename itself Half.com, Oregon in exchange for $100,000, computers for the school, and other financial subsidies. Since the company Half.com was bought by eBay in February 2001, it has not been made clear whether eBay would honor the numerous financial considerations.

The original financial conditions that led to the city accepting Half.com's offer returned in 2004, when the company owning a promissory note secured by its fairgrounds and improvements demanded payment of over $530,000. Foreclosure of the 83-year-old fairgrounds would endanger the future of the yearly Baker County Fair and the annual rodeo.


Halfway is located 54 miles (87 km) east of Baker City, along Oregon Route 86.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 337 people, 159 households, and 86 families residing in the city. The population density was 789.5 people per square mile (302.6/km²). There were 196 housing units at an average density of 459.1/sq mi (176.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.25% White, 2.97% Native American, 0.30% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.08% of the population.

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