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Umatilla

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Umatilla is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. It is named for the Umatilla River, which enters the Columbia River on the side of the city. The river is named after the Umatilla Tribe. The city is on the south side of the Columbia River along U.S. Route 730 and I-82.The Umatilla Chemical Depot, and the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility, is 6mi southwest of the city, northwest of the intersection of I-84 and I-82. The estimated population was in 2012 was 7,010.Umatilla is part of the Pendleton - Hermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryThe first Umatilla post office was established in September 1851 at the Umatilla Indian Agency about 5mi east of Pendleton, and discontinued in January 1852. This was before Timothy K. Davenport surveyed for a town site at the mouth of the Umatilla River in 1862. The site was first known as Umatilla Landing, then Umatilla City, then Columbia, then Umatilla City once again over the next year or so. Its post office was established in 1863 with Z. F. Moody as postmaster.Umatilla's earliest importance was as a trade and distribution center on the Columbia River, during the gold rush of the 1860s and 1870s in eastern Oregon. It remained a major commercial center until the 1880s when it withered before the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company.
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