Klamath Falls, Oregon

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
City
Downtown Klamath Falls
Nickname(s): Oregon's City of Sunshine
Where Klamath Falls is in Oregon
Coordinates: 42°13′24″N 121°46′39″W / 42.22333°N 121.7775°W / 42.22333; -121.7775Coordinates: 42°13′24″N 121°46′39″W / 42.22333°N 121.7775°W / 42.22333; -121.7775
Country United States
State Oregon
County Klamath
Incorporated 1905
Government
 • Mayor Todd Kellstrom
Area
 • Land 19.8 sq mi (51 km2)
Elevation 4,099 ft (1,249.4 m)
Population (2010[1])
 • Total 20,840
 • Density 1,052.2/sq mi (406.3/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97601, 97603
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-39700[2]
GNIS feature ID [3]

Klamath Falls (/ˈklæməθ/ KLAM-əth) is a city in Klamath County, Oregon, United States. It was first called Linkville when George Nurse founded the town in 1867. This name came from the Link River, because the city sat on its falls. No falls exist there currently. The name was changed to Klamath Falls in 1892. As of the 2010 census, 20,840 people lived there.[1]

History[change | change source]

The Klamath and Modoc Indians were the first people to live in the area. The Klamath name for this place was Yulalona or Iwauna. Their name for the falls was Tiwishkeni, or "where the falling waters rush".[4]

The Klamath Reclamation Project began in 1906. The aim of this project was to drain marshland and move water to allow agriculture. When the main "A" Canal was built, water was first available on May 22, 1907. Veterans of World War I and World War II were allowed to live there.[5]

Geography[change | change source]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 18.7 square miles (48.4 km2). 17.9 square miles (46.4 km2) of this is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (4.54%) is water.[6] The elevation is 4,099 feet (1,249 m).

Klamath Falls has a high desert landscape. The older part of the city is above natural geothermal springs. These have been used to heat houses and streets, mostly in the downtown area.[7]

Sister city[change | change source]

Klamath Falls has one sister city:[8]

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