Oregon Wheeler County Public Libraries

By | January 1, 2023

We are providing a comprehensive directory of public libraries in Wheeler County, Oregon. This list includes library formal name, street address, postal code, phone number and how many books are available. Check the following list to see all public libraries in Oregon Wheeler County.

1. Library System FOSSIL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 401 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830
Phone Number: (541) 763-2046 Wheeler 676 612

2. Central Library FOSSIL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 401 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830
Phone Number: (541) 763-2046 Wheeler N/A N/A

Overview of Wheeler County, Oregon

Wheeler County is a county located in the state of Oregon. The county was named for Henry H. Wheeler, who had a farm near Mitchell. As of the 2000 census, the population is 1,547. The county seat is located at Fossil.

This county is probably best known for having a remarkable depository of fossils, the most extensive in the state.

History

Wheeler County was created on February 17, 1899 from parts of Grant, Gilliam, and Crook Counties. There have been no boundary changes since its creation. Fossil was designated the temporary county seat at the time of the county’s creation. In 1900 there was an election to determine the permanent county seat between the three towns of the county, which ended with Fossil winning the election.

Economy

Principal industries in this county are agriculture, livestock, and lumber.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,443 km² (1,715 mi²). 4,442 km² (1,715 mi²) of it is land and 1 km² (1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.03% water.

Major Highway

  • S. Highway 26

Adjacent Counties

  • Gilliam County, Oregon- north
  • Morrow County, Oregon- northeast
  • Grant County, Oregon- east
  • Crook County, Oregon- south
  • Jefferson County, Oregon- northwest
  • Wasco County, Oregon- southwest

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there are 1,547 people, 653 households, and 444 families residing in the county. The population density is 0/km² (1/mi²). There are 842 housing units at an average density of 0/km² (0/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 93.34% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.84% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 3.49% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. 5.11% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 653 households out of which 21.30% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% are married couples living together, 4.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.90% are non-families. 27.40% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.32 and the average family size is 2.76.

In the county, the population is spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 3.40% from 18 to 24, 19.30% from 25 to 44, 31.40% from 45 to 64, and 23.30% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 48 years. For every 100 females there are 102.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $28,750, and the median income for a family is $34,048. Males have a median income of $29,688 versus $22,361 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,884. 15.60% of the population and 12.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 22.20% of those under the age of 18 and 4.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cities and towns

  • Fossil
  • Mitchell
  • Spray