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Phone: 541-278-4444

O'Brien Ranch

Heppner, Morrow County, Oregon


OBrien Ranch at Whitney Land Company

Price  $3,500,000.00


The O’Brien Ranch, located in the Eastern Oregon town of Heppner, is currently a working ranch consisting of 6,385 acres. It is located on Little Butter Creek, which runs through the middle of the property. The ranch has good paved road access and is situated 26 miles south of Hermiston and 22 miles north of Heppner. This property consists of irrigated bottom land with excellent water rights with the excess being range land. There are three homes located on the property with working cattle facilities, horse/calving barn and a shop. The O’Brien Ranch has been family owned for multiple generations and is a great spring and fall grazing operation for cattle with generally mild winter conditions.


Access is off Little Butter Creek Road, a paved road.

Distances to Other Cities:

Heppner, OR – 22 miles
Hermiston, OR – 26 miles
Pendleton, OR – 49.8miles
Portland, OR – 222 miles
Bend, OR – 192 miles



T1SR27E, TL 200- 2,320 acres
T1SR27E, TL 1000- 440 acres
T1SR28E, TL 600- 3,465 acres
T1SR28E, TL 1100- 160 acres



Ranch House:

This home is operational, with some work needed.


60 X 120’ shop with concrete floor, work shop. Has been traditionally used for grain storage.

Horse/Calving barn:

36’ X 48’ barn with sliding doors on both ends, connected to working corrals.


The working corrals are operational.


Deer, elk, and upland birds are numerous on the ranch. The property is eligible for 5 Landowner Preference tags.


There is power located on the property with all improvements/electrical services maintained by Columbia  Basin Power Electrical Co-op.


Little Butter Creek:

Butter Creek is a 57-mile long creek in the U.S. state of Oregon. The source of the creek is at an elevation of 5,034 feet in Umatilla National Forest, while the mouth is at an elevation of 535 feet upstream of Hermiston, Oregon. Butter Creek has a 465-square-mile watershed and is a tributary of the Umatilla River.


This ranch has a spring and fall grazing program in place. With the mild winters and irrigated bottoms for a hay base, winter cattle feeding also take place on the ranch.



The property is completely fenced with well-maintained perimeter fencing and interior fencing.


Heppner, Oregon gets 14 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 39 inches of rain per year.

Heppner averages 12 inches of snow per year. The US average is 26 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 194 sunny days per year in Heppner. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Summer High: the July high is around 86 degrees

Winter Low: the January low is 27

Rainfall: An average year of rainfall for the area consists of 13.97 annual inches of precipitation.


Elevation ranges from 1780’ to 2600’


 2017/2018 taxes: $6,080.21



The purpose of the Exclusive Farm Use Zone is to preserve, protect and maintain agricultural lands for farm use, consistent with historical, existing and future needs, including economic needs, which pertain to the production of agricultural products. The EFU Zone is also intended to allow other uses that are compatible with agricultural activities, such as forest use, fish and wildlife habitat, and to maintain, improve, and utilize the quality of air, water and land resources of the county. It is also the purpose of the EFU Zone to qualify farms for farm use valuation under the provisions of Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) Chapter 308. The EFU Zone has been applied to lands designated as Agriculture in the Comprehensive Plan (except for lands Zoned Space Age Industrial). The provisions of the EFU Zone reflect the agricultural policies of the Comprehensive Plan as well as the requirements of ORS Chapter 215 and Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) Chapter 660 Division 33. The minimum parcel size and other standards established by this Zone are intended to promote commercial agricultural operation.

Mineral Rights:

Seller believes, but will not warrant that it owns 100% of the appurtenant subsurface mineral rights which will convey with the sale. Buyers are encouraged to retain legal counsel for the purposes of confirming mineral rights ownership.

Area Info:

Pendleton Round Up:

The first Pendleton Round-Up was to be “a frontier exhibition of picturesque pastimes, Indian and military spectacles, cowboy racing and bronco busting for the championship of the Northwest.” It turned out to be that and more. Following a July 4th celebration in 1909 consisting of bronc riding, horse races by Indians and NonIndians, Indian feasts and war dances, greased pig contests, sack races, foot races and fireworks, some community and area leaders conceived the idea of an annual event to be known as the Pendleton Round-Up. Also, at that time, the Let’er Buck slogan, which is symbolic of the Round-Up, was inspired. It was decided to stage the Round-Up some time around the middle of September to allow the grain farmers time to complete their harvest, and the livestock people an opportunity to make a late summer check-up. The Round-Up was incorporated as a non-profit organization with papers signed July 29, 1910. The corporation’s original legal title was “Northwestern Frontier Exhibition Association.” Roy Raley was elected as the first Round-Up president.

For the initial show, all stores closed. “The largest crowd in Pendleton’s history,” 7,000 strong, showed up for the first show on September 29, 1910, a newspaper writer reported. “The words ‘Pendleton’ and Round-Up’ are on the lips of thousands and will continue to be for months and years to come… The Round-Up is a whirlwind success.” Souvenir program from The 1913 Round-Up. Grow it did.

Til Taylor replaced Roy Raley as president after the 1911 show. Early growth and acceptance of the Round-Up was beyond all expectations. The old wooden grandstand and bleachers were completed in a few short years and were capable of seating over 20,000 spectators. Two decades later, patrons showed up from 36 states and eight foreign countries. Following two years in which the

Round-Up was not held, because of World War II, attendance climbed again, eventually reaching 50,000 or more for the four-day show. “Success bred success and Round-Up stayed in high gear,” as stated in the book “Let ‘er Buck! A history of Pendleton Round-Up.”

The key to the success of the rodeo and its many attendant activities is community participation through the efforts of its many volunteers. Indian participation has also been a strong attraction, whether in the Round-Up arena, at Happy Canyon, in the Indian Village or the Westward Ho! Parade. Long before women’s lib, the fairer sex got into the act at the Round-Up. Cowgirls in the early days of the Round-Up could be as tough as men. In 1914 Bertha Blanchett, wife of cowboy Del Blanchett, came within 12 points of winning the all-around title.

History of Heppner, Oregon:

Native American Settlement:

Native Americans lived and traveled along the land between the Columbia Gorge and the Blue Mountains for more than 10,000 years prior to European-American settlement. Ancient petroglyphs have been found approximately 45 miles north of Heppner in Irrigon and Boardman. In 1855, the U.S. Government and the predominant tribes in the region—the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla—signed a treaty whereby the tribes gave up, or ceded, to the United States more than 6.4 million acres in what is now northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

European-American Settlement:

Prior to Heppner’s founding in 1872, European-American ranchers used the area as sheep and cattle range as early as 1858. Records suggest these early cattlemen found abundant rye grass along creek bottoms.

Heppner was originally called Standsbury Flats for George W. Standsbury, one of the first European-American settlers in the area. In 1872, Colonel (Col.) Jackson Lee Morrow, a merchant, entered into a partnership with Henry Heppner, a prominent Jewish businessman, and they built a store on the crossing of the present May and Main streets. Soon thereafter, a mail and stagecoach line began operations between Pendleton and The Dalles and passed through Heppner. Col. Jackson Lee Morrow was later elected to the Oregon legislative assembly and was instrumental in helping to carve out a new county for Heppner from neighboring Umatilla County and a portion of Wasco County. The assembly named the new county in Morrow’s honor.

Heppner was designated the temporary county seat at the time the county was created and narrowly defeated nearby Lexington in an election held in 1886 to determine the permanent county seat. Heppner was incorporated in the following year on February 9, 1887.

In 1888, the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company completed a railroad spur from the Columbia River up the Willow Creek drainage to Heppner.

Historic Morrow County Courthouse:

The Historic Morrow County Courthouse was built in 1902-03 and is one of the oldest continuously used courthouses in Oregon. In 1985, the courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Flood of June 1903:

Heppner was almost destroyed by a flash flood on Sunday, June 14, 1903. The flood was precipitated by a sudden cloudburst and accompanying hail that caused a debris dam collapse and flash flooding, notably on Willow Creek. A wall of water and debris swept down the creeks and canyons and through the city. It has been estimated that 238 people (a quarter of the city’s population) drowned, making it the deadliest natural disaster in Oregon’s history. Property damage was reported at nearly $1 million. The nearby cities of Ione and Lexington also sustained significant damage. In 1983, the Willow Creek Dam at the outskirts of the city was finished. Post-flood Recovery: The railroad and a growing network of roads had by the early decades of the 20th century made Heppner a trade center and distribution point for regional farm products including wheat, alfalfa, sheep, cattle, horses, and hogs. Despite the flood and two fires in 1918 that destroyed City Hall, the Palace Hotel, the library, many businesses, and more than 30 homes, the community rebuilt. One of its creations, the Heppner Hotel, opened in 1920 and, housing a variety of businesses over the years, it served as a community gathering place through 1972, when its last restaurant closed.

Morrow County:

Morrow County is a county in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,173. The county seat is Heppner. The county is named for one of its first white settlers, Jackson L. Morrow, who was a member of the state legislature when the county was created. Half of the Umatilla Chemical Depot, which includes the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility, and the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman are located within the county.

Morrow County is part of the Pendleton–Hermiston, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is located on the south side of the Columbia River and is included in the eight-county definition of Eastern Oregon.


Morrow County School District: Morrow County School District is located in rural north central Oregon. Morrow County is bordered on the north by the beautiful Columbia River and by the Umatilla National Forest on the southern border. The county encompasses more than 2,000 square miles with a growing population of over 11,000 in the four main communities of Boardman and Irrigon, along the Columbia River, and Heppner and Lexington, in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.
As one of the largest wheat producing areas in the nation, the county’s economy is rooted in agriculture. Major industries include timber, energy, food processing and agriculture such as potatoes, corn, watermelons, grapes, wheat, canola, sheep and cattle. A mild dry climate with plenty of sunshine offers lots of outdoor opportunities for summer and winter activities, including skiing, snowmobiling, water sports, sailing, hiking, hunting, fishing and golf. The people of Morrow County School District have a passion for the education of all children. Our communities care about and support their schools. Morrow County Schools serve almost 2,200 K-12 students with three elementary schools, two intermediate schools, three high schools, and one alternative school. The student population in Boardman and Irrigon is diverse and growing. The largest minority group is Hispanic. Schools in Heppner are smaller and have more stable student populations.

The dedicated seven-member board, together with teachers and staff, works very hard to prepare Morrow County students for the 21st Century and to make parents and patrons proud to call Morrow County home.

Heppner Elemetary School: Grades 1-6
Heppner Jr./Sr. High School: Grades 7-12


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The Whitney Land Company

Timothy 'Scott' Coe, Broker
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All of the information within this sales package has been gathered from State, County and City records and officials as well as others who are deemed reliable; however, the broker and agents can not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information herein contained. It is also subject to change, prior sale or withdrawal.