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Welcome to Fossil ...
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 ...
Official Website: www.cityoffossil.org/
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.
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 ...
The official website for Fossil: www.cityoffossil.org/
The official website for State of Oregon: https://www.oregon.gov/
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This page was last modified: 29 Jun 2022