Fort Rock, Oregon

Fort Rock is an unincorporated community in Lake County, Oregon, United States, southeast of Fort Rock State Natural Area.

Fort Rock
View of Fort Rock from Fort Rock State Park
Fort Rock
Location in Oregon
Fort Rock
Fort Rock (the United States)
Coordinates: 43.3565237°N 121.0538935°W / 43.3565237; -121.0538935
CountryUnited States
4,331 ft (1,320 m)
Time zoneUTC−08:00 (Pacific)
  Summer (DST)UTC−07:00 (Pacific)
ZIP Code


The community of Fort Rock was named after the natural feature Fort Rock by the town's founder, Ray Nash.[1] Fort Rock post office was established in 1908[1] under postmaster Josiah Thomas Rhoton.[2] The Fort Rock Valley flourished briefly during the homestead period before World War I, but little remains in the area today.[1] Fort Rock is one of two homestead-era communities remaining in the area, along with Silver Lake.[3]


Fort Rock had a general store that was in operation since the early 1900s.[4] The store, which also included a gas station, closed in May 2013.[4] As of September 2014, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality had entered into a prospective purchaser agreement to reopen the store after performing needed underground storage tank (UST) cleanup.[4] The store has reopened as of 2017.

Fort Rock also has a community church, a Grange hall, a restaurant and a tavern.[5][6]

The Rock View Apartments burned down in 2012; the land on which the apartments was located was owned by the Fort Rock Care Center, which planned to donate it to the Fort Rock Historical Society in 2013.[7] The senior apartments were only six years old when they burned.[8]


Today, many of the buildings in Fort Rock are part of the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society's Fort Rock Valley Historical Homestead Museum, which is a collection of homestead-era buildings moved there from the surrounding area, starting in 1988.[3] The museum was created by the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society to preserve historic buildings that were in danger of being razed by the Bureau of Land Management or were being vandalized in their remote locations.[3] Buildings include a church, a log cabin, a doctor's office, a school, a land office, and several other cabins and houses.[3]


  1. McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 372. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  2. Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971, Records of the Post Office Department, Washington, D.C.: National Archives
  3. "Fort Rock Valley Historical Homestead Museum". Retrieved 2007-03-26.
  4. "DEQ Completes Purchase Agreement for Fort Rock Store". Lake County Examiner. September 25, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  5. "Easter Sunrise at Fort Rock". The Bulletin. April 21, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  6. Powers, Cindy (March 28, 2005). "Annual Easter Celebration Held at Fort Rock". The Bulletin. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  7. "Care Center Donates Land to Historical Society". Lake County Examiner. May 1, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  8. Lerten, Barney (June 26, 2012). "Fire Destroys Senior Apartments in Fort Rock". KTVZ. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
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