Oregon Map

South Eastern Desert

Harney and Malheur Counties


Harney County, 97738

Hines is a cowboy town these days but it used to be logging and milling. I think I have never attended a rodeo where at least one competitor (and sometimes the livestock) is not from Hines. The place was a mill town early on being the Oregon headquarters of the Hines Lumber Company. The town was named after the company, not the other way around. Hines was the southern end of the rail line that ran to Seneca bringing Ponderosa pine logs out of the Malheur National Forest. Like Gilchrist Hines is very close to another town, but it too is a company town. The owners wanted to reclaim as much of the payroll as possible so they built their own towns.