Name: Kent, Oregon
GPS: 45.1951258, -120.6942154
From The Dalles, head east along Highway 84 19 miles towards Biggs Junction. Follow signs south along Highway 97 towards Wasco or Grass Valley. Kent is 40 miles south of Biggs Junction.
There isn’t a lot of information about Kent. It seems that not a lot happened here, nor did the town get very large. Lewis McArthur writes in his venerable tome, Oregon Geographic Names;
“J.E. Norton, postmaster at Kent in 1926, wrote the compiler that a petition was circulated in Jan 1887, for a post office where the community of Kent is now situated. In order to select a name a number of persons wrote their preferences on slips of paper, which were subsequently stirred in a hat. The name, Kent, was drawn and was the one suggested by R.C. Bennet. M.H. Bennet was the first poster master. The only reason R.C. Bennett gave for the election of the word Kent was that it was “nice and short.” However, Giles French of Moro told the writer in 1975 that R.c. Bennett was not involved and that Milton H. Bennett was alone in the Kent venture and named the post office on his own.”
Richard Helbock in “Oregon Post Offices , 1947-1982″>Oregon Post Offices, 1947-1982” adds that the Post Office was opened on February 17, 1887 and that it was on the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company’s spur line.
The old wooden grain elevator, situated directly next to a newer concrete one, was removed several years ago.
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