North Powder, Oregon

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North Powder is a city in Union County, Oregon, United States. The population was 489 at the 2000 census.



North Powder was platted in 1885 or 1886 along the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company rail line, having been a stage stop before then.[3]

David Eccles, a Mormon businessman, created the Hall Brothers Lumber Company in the town once the railway arrived.[4]

North Powder prospered because it had an icehouse that supplied the refrigerator cars of Pacific Fruit Express until the icehouse burned down in the 1930s.[3]


North Powder is located at 45°1′48″N 117°55′15″W / 45.03°N 117.92083°W / 45.03; -117.92083 (45.029918, -117.920822)[5].

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.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 489 people, 184 households, and 130 families residing in the city. The population density was 797.7 people per square mile (309.5/km²). There were 209 housing units at an average density of 340.9/sq mi (132.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.32% White, 0.61% African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.07% of the population.

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