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Sprague River is an unincorporated community in southwestern Klamath Countymarker, Oregonmarker, United Statesmarker. It is located northeast of Klamath Fallsmarker along the Sprague River, from which it takes its name. The population of Sprague River is estimated to be 365 persons.

History

The Sprague River post office was established September 14, 1923, with Benjamin E. Wolford as the first postmaster.

Demographics

  • Total population: 365
  • Avg Household Income: $26,328
  • Per Capita Income: $11,181
  • Avg House Value: $87,100


Breakdown by Education
Education Residents
Less than 9th grade 10
9th to 12th grade 79
High School 100
Some college 57
Associates degree 10
Bachelors degree 28
Professional degree 0


Weather

Sprague River is high mountain desert. Generally, the local area receives less than 10 inches of rainfall per year with much of the moisture coming in the form of winter snow and ice.

Summers are warm to hot, and very dry during the day, and cool in the evening. Summer frostshave occurred as late at mid-July, and begin again as early as late-August making sometypes of gardening quite difficult, especially without greenhouse facilities.

Spring and Fall are generally mild during the day, and often quite cold at night with regularovernight frosts. Most rainfall in the area occurs during these times of year.

Winters are cold with moderate to significant snowfall and begin in October and November and extendoften well into April. Winter melt-off creates muddy conditions on the areas many unpaved roadsand driveways. Most consider four-wheel drive vehicles essential for safe winter travel.

Economy

Sprague River has two small grocery/general merchandise stores, a second-hand store, and a gas station. The local community lacks significant employment opportunities. Most working residents are either self-employed, or commute to jobs in Klamath Fallsmarker or Chiloquinmarker.

Recreation

The surrounding area has fishing and hunting opportunities. The Sprague River which the town is centered on, holds fish including the Klamath's famed redbands. The town borders the Winema National Forestmarker. The local area is particularly well known for fly fishing and bow hunting. Crater Lake National Parkmarker is less that one hour away.

Services

Currently the closest full time medical facilities are located in nearby Chiloquinmarker.Free clinic medical services have been available in the area a few days per month depending on demand and availability. A Fire Department provides emergency fire response to local residents. Police patrol and 911 police response is provided by the Klamath County Sheriffs Department.

The Sprague River School was closed in 1964 after a fire caused severe structural damage. No new school has been built or opened in Sprague River since that time.Elementary and high school students in the area are bussed to schools in Chiloquinmarker and Bonanzamarker. Many students are home schooled in this area.

Higher education is available in neighboring Klamath Falls at Klamath Community Collegemarker, and Oregon Institute of Technologymarker.

During the 1990s, a Sprague River branch of the Klamath County Library system was established. The library provides local service three days per week and includes high-speed wireless internet access, and two computers with internet that can be reserved by community members on an hourly basis.

In 1986, The Sprague River Community Center was opened in the downtown area. The community center hosts a variety of community events and clubs including church services, meeting for organizations such as the Lions and Lioness Clubs & Sprague River Homemakers, and much more. The community center also is made available for rent for private events of various sorts.

Three church fellowships meet in Sprague River: Sprague River Friends Community Church, The Calvary Chapel. Other churches, such as Roman Catholic, Methodist, Assembly of God, And Latter Day Saints (among many others), are located in nearby communities of Bly, Bonanza, and Chiloquin.

References

  1. http://www.97639.net


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