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Statistics & Facts

The Oregon state capital is Salem.
The population of Fossil is approximately 399 (1990), 473 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 224 (1990), 224 (2010).
The amount of land area in Fossil is 1.976 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Fossil to Washington DC is 2408 miles.
The distance to the Oregon state capital is 149 miles. (as the crow flies)
Fossil is positioned 44.99 degrees north of the equator and 120.21 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in eastern Oregon
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History & History Related Items

The Fossil post office was established on February 28, 1876, at the ranch of Thomas Benton Hoover on what is now Hoover Creek. The post office celebrated its 100th anniversary in the same year this country celebrated its 200th anniversary - in 1976.

Fossil was named by Hoover for fossil remains that he discovered in a clay-like formation about the ranch house on Hoover Creek. (The more renowned fossil beds are in the present town of Fossil, located behind the Wheeler High School).

The town was platted by George H. and W. S. Thompson who had also moved a store to the town. Finally in 1891 the town was incorporated, with Mr. Hoover as mayor, and W. W. Steiwer, B. Kelsay, P. Potterton, and C. W. Halsey as councilmen.

For more history information on Fossil, see this this website
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Learn more about Fossil

Fossil Museum and Pine Creek Schoolhouse
Fossil OR 97830
Phone 541-763-4481
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Fossil City Government

Fossil is the county seat of Wheeler County.

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