Oregon History

Photo of the week: Echo, Oregon

Here’s a shot of the J.H. Koontz Building, taken from the city of Echo’s website.

The obsession with Oregon main streets continues.

The historic town of Echo is located in northeast Oregon, eight miles south of Hermiston and 20 miles west of Pendleton amid rolling farmland along the banks of the Umatilla River.

While not visible from the freeway, Echo is only a mile from exit 188, where I- 84 and Hwy. 395 meet. The town’s population is 715 within the city limits and 1,200 within the library service area. Echo is known for its rich history and many historic sites. J.H. Koontz platted the town in 1880. He named it for his then three year old daughter, Echo.

More than a century later, Echo Koontz Miller is featured in the city logo.

Check out the gallery of historical photos on the city of Echo’s website.

3 replies on “Photo of the week: Echo, Oregon”

Echo’s Main Street has just undergone a complete makeover. New Vintage-style streetlights, planters, etc. Also the building in the photo above is being restored to house the award winning Sno Road Winery & an event center. Historic buildings span time from 1860 to 1930 and a diversity of architecture within about 6 blocks

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