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Statistics & Facts

The Oregon state capital is Salem.
The population of Athena is approximately 1,221 (2000), 1126 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 400 (1990), 446 (2010).
The amount of land area in Athena is 1.36 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Athena is 0.53 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Athena to Washington DC is 2243 miles.
The distance to the Oregon state capital is 239 miles. (as the crow flies)
Athena is positioned 45.81 degrees north of the equator and 118.49 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Athena elevation is 1,710 feet above sea level.
Athena average annual precipitation is 12.30 inches peryear.
The average winter temperature is 32 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 73.4 degrees F.


halfway between Pendleton, Oregon and Walla Walla, Washington
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History & History Related Items

Here is a history page for Athena.

Thomas Farnham was one of the first to view the beautiful vistas of the area in 1839. But it wasn't until 1866, that real settlement took place. Darwin R. Richards came in 1866 to farm, but soon realized a stagecoach stop was needed. The rest stop was called Richards' STation. After a few years, he laid out a town and named it Bellview. The community changed names several times known, at times, as Mudflats, Middletown, Squawtown and Yellow Dog. In 1871, Thomas J. Kirk purchased adjoining land to Farnhams. In 1878, Kirk officially added his and Richards' blocks of land together to form the town. The official founding is 1878 with incorporation in 1904. Again, name changes were the norm. First called Centerville, it remained such for a number of years. When the town's population grew, a new school was built. The Superintendent, D.W. Jarvis, compared the area to Greece and suggested the name be Athena since there were other Centervilles in the state. The name became official on 16 May 1889.
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Athena Caledonian Games
held in July each year

Attractions in the Athena area.
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Athena City Government

City of Athena
215 S. Third Street
P.O. Box 686
Athena, OR 97813
Phone: (541)566-3862

Athena has a Council/Manager form of government. Terms of office are four years.

Athena Police Department
215 South 3rd
P.O. Box 686
Athena, Oregon 97813
Phone: 541.566.3862

Athena Libraries

Athena Library
446 E. Main
Athena, Oregon 97813
Phone: 541-566-2470

Athena Schools

Weston-McEwen High School
P.O. Box 707
540 Main
Athena OR 97813
Phone: 541-566-3555 Athena


The population of Athena was:
1990 - 997
2000 - 1,221

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