New Pine Creek, Oregon

New Pine Creek is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Lake County, Oregon, United States.[1] Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office with a ZIP code of 97635.[2] New Pine Creek lies on U.S. Route 395 at the OregonCalifornia border, just north of New Pine Creek, California, and east of Goose Lake.

New Pine Creek, Oregon
New Pine Creek store
Location within Oregon
New Pine Creek, Oregon (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°59′39″N 120°17′50″W
CountryUnited States
Named forPine Creek
4,842 ft (1,476 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey[1]

West of town is the Goose Lake State Recreation Area, along Stateline Road near the lake. The northsouth running Lake County Railroad passes near the recreation area. East of town is the Fremont National Forest.[3]

Thought to be Lake County's oldest settlement, New Pine Creek was originally to be named Pine Creek after a nearby stream. However, since another community was already using that name, postal authorities preferred an alternative. The New Pine Creek post office opened in 1876. S. A. Hamersley was the first postmaster.[4]

Historical population

New Pine Creek is the southernmost settlement in the state of Oregon, accepted as part of the state despite being south of the 42nd parallel boundary line nominally separating Oregon from California. This line was set as the boundary between what were then Oregon Country and New Spain by the Adams-Onís Treaty (effective 1821), and maintained when Oregon and California were admitted as states. However, a surveying error in 1868 caused part of New Pine Creek to be placed in Oregon.[6] Delegations from California and Oregon held talks on the issue in 1984 after the error was discovered,[7] but did not ultimately change New Pine Creek's status.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, New Pine Creek has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[8]


  1. "New Pine Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  2. "Search Results for New Pine Creek". C. D. Light, L.L.C. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  3. Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-89933-347-2.
  4. McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 701. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.
  5. Moffatt, Riley Moore (1996). Population History of Western U.S. Cities and Towns, 1850–1990. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 213. ISBN 978-0-8108-3033-2.
  6. "Oregon-California border dispute aired". United Press International. 26 September 1984.
  7. Barnard, Jeff (19 May 1985). "California-Oregon Dispute : Border Fight Has Townfolk on Edge". Los Angeles Times.
  8. Climate Summary for New Pine Creek, Oregon

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