County Seat: Courthouse, 100 S Court St., Heppner 97836; PO Box 788, Heppner 97836
Phone: 541-676-5604 (General); 541-676-5264 (Court Administrator)
Population (2011): 11,270
Established: Feb. 16, 1885
Elev. at Heppner: 1,955'
Area: 2,049 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 33.1° July 69.0°
Assessed Value: $1,572,094,739
Real Market Value: $2,137,135,582
Annual Precipitation: 12.5"
Economy: Agriculture, food processing, dairies, utilities, forest products, livestock and recreation
Points of interest
Columbia River, coal-fired generating plant, Blue Mountains, Umatilla National Forest, Oregon Trail, Blue Mountain Scenic Byway, Morrow County Museum, Port of Morrow and the Lewis and Clark Route
History and general information
Morrow County, created from Umatilla County in 1885, is located east of the Cascades in north-central Oregon. It was named for J. L. Morrow, an early resident. Morrow County contains more than one million acres of gently rolling plains and broad plateaus. This rich agricultural land can be roughly divided into three occupational zones—increasing amounts of irrigation farming in the north, vast fields of wheat yielding to cattle ranches in the center, and timber products in the south. With the advent of center pivot irrigation technology, Morrow County became one of Oregon’s fastest growing areas in terms of population, personal income, and agricultural and industrial development. The Port of Morrow, second largest in the state in terms of tonnage, serves as a gateway to the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim markets.
Commissioners—Ken Grieb (R) 2015, Leann Rea (D) 2017, Judge Terry Tallman (R) 2017; Dist. Atty. Justin Nelson 2015; Assess. Greg Sweek 2017; Clerk Bobbi Childers 2017; Justice of the Peace Annetta Spicer 2015; Sheriff Kenneth Matlack 2017; Surv. Stephen Haddock 2017; Treas. Gayle Gutierrez 2017