Malheur County


County Information

Malheur County was created in 1887 from Baker County. Malheur County derives its name from the “Riviere au Malheur” or “Unfortunate River” (later changed to “Malheur River”), named by French trappers whose property and furs were stolen from their river encampment. Malheur County is a place filled with fascinating history, diverse landscape and friendly people. The landscape is enchanting and provides for a wide variety of excellent recreation such as hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, rock hounding, boating and water skiing. The county is 94 percent rangeland. Basques, primarily shepherds, settled in Jordan Valley in the 1890s. Irrigated fields in the county’s northeast corner, known as Western Treasure Valley, are the center of intensive and diversified farming. Oregon Blue Book:
Contact Info
Malheur County
251 "B" Street West
Courthouse Suite 4
Vale OR 97918

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Hours: 8:30-5:00 M-F (Mountain Time)
Phone: 541-473-5151
Fax #: 541-473-5523

Hours: 8:30-4:30 M-F (Mountain Time)

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