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Fossil, Oregon

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Welcome to Fossil ...

The city of Fossil is located in Wheeler County<1> (at the time of its founding, Fossil was located in Gilliam County) and is the County Seat for Wheeler County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Fossil has a population of 443 people<2> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Fossil, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated in 1891.

Fossil is 2,660 feet [811 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Fossil is ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Fossil lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Fossil: (541) & (458)<4>

The ZIP code for Fossil: 97830<5>

Websites for Fossil ...

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Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Fossil had an population of 443 people. This is a decrease of 6.34% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 5.54% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Fossil had a population of 473 people (which is 32.82% of the total population of Wheeler County). This makes Fossil the county's most populous community.

The population of Fossil represents 0.01% of the total population of Oregon (which has 3,831,074 people), making it the state's 191st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 473 people, the population of Fossil has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 469 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Fossil.

Communities Also Named Fossil ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Fossil - they are located in Tennessee and Wyoming (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Fossil.

Communities near Fossil ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Fossil.

  • Condon [Gilliam County]
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    • Condon [Gilliam County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the north of Fossil
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 714 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Condon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Condon<7>
  • Lonerock [Gilliam County]
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    • Lonerock [Gilliam County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the east of Fossil
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 22 people
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  • Mayville [Gilliam County]
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    • Mayville [Gilliam County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the north of Fossil
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  • Kinzua [Wheeler County] - Historic
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    • Kinzua [Wheeler County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the east of Fossil
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Clarno [Wasco County]
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      • Clarno [Wasco County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Fossil
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarno
    • Winlock [Wheeler County]
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      • Winlock [Wheeler County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the east of Fossil
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    • Richmond [Wheeler County] - Historic
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      • Richmond [Wheeler County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<6> to the southeast of Fossil
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Richmond have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Waldron [Wheeler County] - Historic
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      • Waldron [Wheeler County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<6> to the southeast of Fossil
    • Spray [Wheeler County]
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      • Spray [Wheeler County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<6> to the southeast of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 157 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spray
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spray<7>
    • Horse Heaven [Jefferson County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horse Heaven
      • Horse Heaven [Jefferson County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<6> to the southwest of Fossil

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Fossil. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Fossil.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Fossil. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Fossil.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Fossil. See our Newspapers Page for Fossil.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Fossil ...

Looking for more information about Fossil? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Fossil, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Fossil.

Adding Fossil to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Fossil in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Fossil was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Fossil on a map titled Auto Trails Map of Oregon (1925).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Fossil on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Oregon's counties, including Wheeler, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Fossil.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Fossil - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (458) is an overlay for area code (541).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Fossil). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Fossil or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fossil) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Fossil. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from FossilOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fossil. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.9999, Longitude: -120.2137    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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