Warrenton, Oregon

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Warrenton is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. The city is named for D.K. (Daniel Knight) Warren, an early settler. The population was 4,096 at the 2000 census.



The first settlement within the Warrenton city limits was Lexington, which was laid out in 1848, and served as the first county seat for Clatsop county. The name fell out of use, and this area became known as Skipanon, which is preserved in the name of Skipanon River which flows through the town. A Lexington post office operated intermittently between 1850 and 1857; a Skipanon post office operated without a break from 1871 to 1903.

Fort Stevens was built in the Warrenton area in 1863. Its remains are preserved as part of Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks.

Warrenton was platted in 1889, and incorporated as a city in 1899. Built on tidal flats, it relied on a system of dikes built by Chinese laborers to keep the Columbia River from flooding the town.

Warrenton has 2 charter fishing boat ports.


Warrenton is located 8 miles west of Astoria across the Young's Bay bridge spanning over 4200 feet of the Young's Bay estuary at the mouth of the [Columbia River].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.7 square miles (43.3 km²), of which, 12.3 square miles (31.9 km²) of it is land and 4.4 square miles (11.3 km²) of it (26.15%) is water.


Warrenton includes the former communities of Fort Stevens, Hammond, and Skipanon.[3] Fort Stevens post office operated at the Fort Stevens military post from 1899 to 1949.[3] Hammond voted to disincorporate in November 1991 and merged with Warrenton on December 5.[3] Hammond was named for lumberman Andrew B. Hammond.[3]


At the 2000 census[1], there were 4,096 people, 1,621 households and 1,087 families residing in the city. The population density was 332.2 per square mile (128.3/km²). There were 1,799 housing units at an average density of 145.9/sq mi (56.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.53% White, 0.22% African American, 1.32% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 2.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.91% of the population. 15.4% were of American, 12.1% German, 9.2% English, 8.9% Irish and 8.1% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

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