Wheeler County, Oregon

related topics
{household, population, female}
{county, mile, population}
{land, century, early}
{area, part, region}
{specie, animal, plant}
{town, population, incorporate}

Wheeler County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. In 2000, its population was 1,547. It is named in honor of Henry H. Wheeler, an early settler who owned a farm near Mitchell. The county's seat is Fossil.

Wheeler County is known for having a large depository of fossils, the most extensive in the state.



Wheeler County was created on February 17, 1899 from parts of Grant, Gilliam, and Crook Counties. There have been no boundary changes since its creation. Fossil was designated the temporary county seat at the time of the county's creation. In 1900 there was an election to determine the permanent county seat between the three towns of the county, which ended with Fossil winning the election.


Principal industries in this county are agriculture, livestock, and lumber.


Though Wheeler County is located in central Oregon, politically it falls in line with the eastern side of the state. The majority of registered voters who are part of a political party in Wheeler County, as well as most counties in eastern Oregon, are members of the Republican Party.[1] In the 2008 presidential election, 61.33% of Wheeler County voters voted for Republican John McCain, while 34.61% voted for Democrat Barack Obama and 4.06% of voters either voted for a Third Party candidate or wrote in a candidate.[2] These numbers show a small but clear shift towards the Democratic candidate when compared to the 2004 presidential election, in which 69.5% of Wheeler Country voters voted for George W. Bush, while 27.8% voted for John Kerry, and 2.7% of voters either voted for a Third Party candidate or wrote in a candidate.[3]

Full article ▸

related documents
Deuel County, Nebraska
Phelps County, Nebraska
Dooly County, Georgia
Thurston County, Nebraska
Toombs County, Georgia
Travis County, Texas
Greenlee County, Arizona
Deaf Smith County, Texas
Newton County, Arkansas
Cedar County, Nebraska
Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Perry County, Ohio
Ashtabula County, Ohio
Chilton County, Alabama
Clay County, Nebraska
Allen County, Kentucky
Custer County, Nebraska
Renville County, Minnesota
Bailey County, Texas
Saunders County, Nebraska
Wood County, Ohio
Pawnee County, Nebraska
Sutter County, California
Wayne County, Ohio
Blaine County, Nebraska
Plymouth County, Iowa
Huron County, Ohio
Blount County, Alabama
DeKalb County, Alabama
Sierra County, California