Biggs, Oregon

Biggs Oregon 97065

Biggs is a station on the Union Pacific Railroad main line at what was the junction with the now-abandoned branch south into Sherman County. It was named for a nearby landowner, W. H. Biggs, who was born in Belmont County, Ohio, May 12, 1831, and who came to Sherman County in 1880. The small, local community is known as Biggs Junction be- cause this is where US-97, running north and south, makes an important inter- section with 1-84. Biggs post office operated from June 1886 to July 1954. The original name of the OR&N station was Spanish Hollow. It should not be con- fused with Spanish Hollow post office, which was at the town of Wasco.


Biggs, on the south bank of the Columbia River, was the junction of the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad and its branch south into Sherman County. Sometimes called Biggs Junction, it was named for W. H. Biggs, pioneer landowner and legislator.

Biggs is a major crossroads where Highway 97 intersects I-84 and Sam Hill Memorial Bridge crosses the Columbia. The traveling public is served with service stations, truck stops, restaurants, markets, McDonald's and motels. Grain storage elevators and rail and barge shipping facilities serve local grain producers.

Its location offers easy access to Maryhill Museum of Art and Maryhill State Park across the Columbia River. A hiking segment on the Oregon Trail is a short distance west, as is Deschutes State Park. The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, anchored at Maryhill Museum of Art and Maryhill State Park, runs south to Shaniko and easterly to John Day and Baker City.