Klamath Falls, Oregon

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
Downtown Klamath Falls
Downtown Klamath Falls
Nickname(s): 
Oregon's City of Sunshine
Motto(s): 
"Working For You"
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Klamath Falls, Oregon is located in the United States
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 42°13′30″N 121°46′54″W / 42.22500°N 121.78167°W / 42.22500; -121.78167Coordinates: 42°13′30″N 121°46′54″W / 42.22500°N 121.78167°W / 42.22500; -121.78167
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyKlamath
Incorporated1905
Government
 • MayorCarol Westfall
Area
 • Total20.66 sq mi (53.51 km2)
 • Land19.81 sq mi (51.31 km2)
 • Water0.85 sq mi (2.20 km2)
Elevation
4,099 ft (1,249.4 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total20,840
 • Estimate 
(2013)[1]
21,207
 • Density1,052.0/sq mi (406.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP codes
97601, 97603
Area code(s)541
FIPS code41-39700[2]
GNIS feature ID[3]
WebsiteCity Website

Klamath Falls (/ˈklæməθ/ KLAM-əth) (Klamath: ʔiWLaLLoonʔa[4]) 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.

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".[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Sister city[change | change source]

Klamath Falls has one sister city:[9]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014-10-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. "Vocabulary". Klamath Tribes Language Project. The Klamath Tribes. Archived from the original on 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2012-08-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. "Name of Tiwishkeni".
  6. "Oregon History Project". Ohs.org. 1946-12-18. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
  7. "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. "US town uses geothermal energy to stay warm". AP. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  9. "Oranjestad, Aruba". 20 January 2012.

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