Local Area Info

The town was founded in 1938 by the family-owned Gilchrist Timber Company, which moved there from Mississippi in search of lumber and lower taxes. The family moved their operations to central Oregon, where they eventually acquired over 100,000 acres of timber land in Deschutes, Lake, and Klamath counties.

The Gilchrist mill was built in 1938, complete with company town housing for about 500 residents. The town and the central shopping mall were built with aesthetics in mind. The Little Deschutes River was dammed to create a large mill pond. All the Houses were painted with a uniform brown color. The attractive setting, large lawns, tennis courts, and giant ponderosa pines made the town setting a resort-like atmosphere.

Gilchrist Mall
Gilchrist Mall

 

Nearby Crescent Lake:

There are wide open spaces, breathtaking views and an abundance of rivers and lakes. Numerous protected wilderness areas with giant ponderosa pines spring up continually.

Enjoy our clean air, clear water, and a host of activities available for the outdoor enthusiast: snowmobiling, hiking, riding, fishing, hunting, skiing, and dog sled racing.

Crescent Lake
Crescent Lake

Nearby Crater Lake:

Crater Lake has inspired people for thousands of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.

An average of 482,000 people visit Crater Lake National Park each year. Open year-round, less than 100,000 people visit the park during the non-summer months.

Gilchrist Inn Near Crater Lake
Gilchrist Inn Near Crater Lake

Local Gilchrist Mill:

The Gilchrist mill was built in 1938, complete with company town housing for about 500 residents. The town and the central shopping mall were built with aesthetics in mind. The Little Deschutes River was dammed to create a large mill pond. All the Houses were painted with a uniform brown color. The attractive setting, large lawns, tennis courts, and giant ponderosa pines made the town setting a resort-like atmosphere.

Gilchrist Mill
Gilchrist Mill

Area Info & Utilities:

Cascade Natural Gas: 888-522-1130
Midstate Electric Cooperative, Inc: 800-722-7219
Gilchrist Water Co: 541-433-2610
Wilderness Garbage and Recycling: 541-536-1194
Century Tel: Local phone and DSL High Speed Internet: Call 800-201-4102

USFS Ranger Stations and Fire Protection Districts: Chemult Ranger Dist USFS: 541-365-7000

Schools:
Gilchrist Elementary: 541-433-9403
Gilchrist High School: 541-433-2295

Police:
Oregon State Police Gilchrist Outpost: 541-433-2620
Sheriff Substation North Klamath County: 541-433-2010

Post Office: Gilchrist: 541-433-9360
Libraries: Gilchrist Branch: 541-433-9867
Churches: Gilchrist: Gilchrist United Methodist 541-433-2682
Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church: 541-433-2682
Amtrak Station, Chemult: 800-872-7245

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