NE Main Ave
PO Box 428
Irrigon Oregon 97844
is near the site of Grande Ronde Landing, a former rival
of Umatilla. Later the place was called Stokes, and it was
a station on the railroad with that name even after Irrigon
post office was established. Irrigon post office was established
November 16, 1903, with Frank B. Holbrook first postmaster.
Addison Bennett made up the name of the place from the words
Oregon and Irrigation. Irrigon was the scene of a promising
irrigation enterprise, hence Bennett's style of name. He
was editor of the first newspaper in the place, called the
Oregon Irrigator, later the Irrigon Irrigator, its initial
number appearing January 27, 1904. After various ventures
in the newspaper business, he served for many years as a
staff writer on the Oregonian and died in Portland, September
30, 1924. Stokes post office was in operation from May 26,
1897, until April 25, 1899, with Douglas W. Bailey postmaster.
National Forest, Umatilla National wildlife Refuge, Irrigon
Marina park, Walleye Classic, golfing, watermelon festival.