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Rome, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Rome Station Store
Rome Station Store
Country United States
State Oregon
County Malheur
Elevation 3,386 ft (1,032 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 541
GNIS feature ID 1126268
Coordinates and elevation from Geographic Names Information System

Rome is an unincorporated community in Malheur County, Oregon, United States. It is part of the Ontario, OR–ID Micropolitan Statistical Area. In the sparsely populated high desert of southeastern Oregon, Rome is immediately west of the Owyhee River on U.S. Route 95, approximately 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Burns Junction. Jordan Creek enters the river slightly downstream of Rome. The elevation of Rome is 3,390 feet (1,033 m) above sea level.

Name

According to Oregon Geographic Names, Rome was named by William F. Stine for the nearby geologic formations that suggested the ruined temples of Rome, Italy. The 100-foot (30 m)-high Rome Cliffs, or "Pillars of Rome" are formations of fossil-bearing clay, measuring about 5 miles (8 km) long and 2 miles (3 km) wide.

Post offices

Rome's post office was established in 1909. Leonard R. Duncan was the first postmaster.

In the mid-19th century, there was another Oregon community named Rome. It was in Marion County, near Woodburn, and had a post office in 1851–52.

Transportation

Rome State Airport is near Rome. In addition to U.S. Route 95, several high-desert roads converge at or near Rome. These include the Old Idaho–Oregon–Nevada Highway, Rome Road, Skull Creek Road, and Indian Fort Creek Road.

Climate

Rome has a steppe climate (BSk) according to the Köppen climate classification system.

Climate data for Rome
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 67
(19.4)
71
(21.7)
80
(26.7)
91
(32.8)
100
(37.8)
105
(40.6)
110
(43.3)
107
(41.7)
105
(40.6)
96
(35.6)
78
(25.6)
65
(18.3)
110
(43.3)
Average high °F (°C) 40.5
(4.72)
47.6
(8.67)
55.5
(13.06)
63.3
(17.39)
73.2
(22.89)
81.9
(27.72)
92.7
(33.72)
90.7
(32.61)
81.3
(27.39)
68
(20)
51.5
(10.83)
40.7
(4.83)
65.6
(18.67)
Average low °F (°C) 18.8
(-7.33)
23.1
(-4.94)
26.3
(-3.17)
30.7
(-0.72)
39.1
(3.94)
45.9
(7.72)
51.5
(10.83)
48.3
(9.06)
39
(3.9)
30.4
(-0.89)
23.6
(-4.67)
18.4
(-7.56)
32.9
(0.5)
Record low °F (°C) -27
(-32.8)
-17
(-27.2)
-4
(-20)
9
(-12.8)
14
(-10)
27
(-2.8)
28
(-2.2)
28
(-2.2)
15
(-9.4)
-2
(-18.9)
-11
(-23.9)
-26
(-32.2)
-27
(-32.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.74
(18.8)
0.52
(13.2)
0.73
(18.5)
0.83
(21.1)
1.21
(30.7)
1.09
(27.7)
0.33
(8.4)
0.34
(8.6)
0.42
(10.7)
0.61
(15.5)
0.7
(18)
0.78
(19.8)
8.3
(211)
Snowfall inches (cm) 3
(8)
0.5
(1.3)
0.8
(2)
0.3
(0.8)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
0.8
(2)
2.3
(5.8)
8
(20)
Avg. precipitation days 6 5 6 6 6 6 2 2 2 4 6 6 57
PillarsOfRomePano1
Pillars of Rome in southeastern Oregon
  • Images of the Pillars of Rome from the Oregon State Archives and the Oregon Blue Book: [1], [2], [3]

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