Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Jordan Valley is a city in Malheur County, Oregon, United States. It is part of the Ontario, OR–ID Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city was named after Jordan Creek,[citation needed] a tributary of Owyhee River, which runs through the city; the creek is named for a 19th century prospector, Michael M. Jordan.[citation needed] The population was 239 at the 2000 census.

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History

Jordan Valley was incorporated as a city in 1911.

Sacagawea's son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau is often said to be buried in Jordan Valley, as that is the closest incorporated city to Danner, the actual site of his burial.

In the center of town stands a pelota fronton, built in 1915 by Basque settlers, many of whom had been recruited from Spain to herd sheep. Their descendants are a noticeable presence today in Malheur County.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²), all of it land.

Jordan Valley's most prominent landmark is the blunt plateau adjacent to town, named Pharmacy Hill.

Jordan Valley's main occupations are cattle ranching and sheep herding. People in those occupations typically live far from town on homesteads, but still use Jordan Valley as their cultural and economic center. People within Jordan Valley primarily provide a number of services to tourists passing through on U.S. Highway 95, which is the primary road from Boise, Idaho to Reno, Nevada.

Jordan Valley is known for its excellent hunting and fishing as well as its proximity to Jordan Craters, an extinct volcanic field. Other popular areas nearby include Leslie Gulch, Cow Lakes, Antelope Reservoir, and the Three Forks Reservoir to the south.

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