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Welcome to Rufus ...

The city of Rufus is located in Sherman County<1>.

The location of Rufus has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Rufus, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1886.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Rufus has a population of 255 people<3> (see below for details).

Rufus is 210 feet [64 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Telephone area codes for Rufus: (541) and (458)<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Rufus had an population of 255 people. This is an increase of 2.41% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 4.85% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Rufus had a population of 249 people (which is 14.11% of the total population of Sherman County). This makes Rufus the county's 3rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 249 people, the population of Rufus decreased 7.09% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 268 people).

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

Communities Also Named Rufus ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 8 communities that are also named Rufus - they are located in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.

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

Communities near Rufus ...

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

  • Goldendale
  • Wasco
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wasco
    • Wasco lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the south of Rufus.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 419 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wasco have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wasco
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wasco<7>
  • Moro
  • Biggs Junction
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Biggs Junction
    • Biggs Junction lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the west of Rufus.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Biggs Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Biggs Junction
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Biggs Junction<7>
  • Sinks ‑ Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sinks
    • Sinks was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Rufus.
  • Centerville
  • Klondike
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Klondike
    • Klondike lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southeast of Rufus.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Klondike
  • Wishram
  • Celilo Village
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Celilo Village
    • Celilo Village lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the west of Rufus.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Celilo Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Celilo Village
  • De Moss Springs
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for De Moss Springs
    • De Moss Springs lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the south of Rufus.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on De Moss Springs

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 Rufus. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Rufus.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Rufus. 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 Rufus.

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Rufus ...

Looking for more information about Rufus? 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 Rufus, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Rufus.

Adding Rufus to Our Gazetteer ...

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

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Rufus was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Rufus post office opened in 1886.

We also found Rufus in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Rufus.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rufus. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Sherman County:

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Oregon's counties, including Sherman, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rufus.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rufus - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (458) is an overlay for area code (541).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rufus) 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 Rufus. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RufusOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rufus. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.6915, Longitude: -120.7427       In this case, the coordinates for Rufus have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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