Umatilla County, Oregon 1922


The town of Helix was surveyed in 1882, on land then owned by Peter Hjelseng. What is known as the Richmond Addition was surveyed a few The name "Helix" had been given to a postoffice established years later. in 1880.

Helix is situated five miles east of the center of what is probably the largest solid body of high-grade wheat land in Oregon. A block sixteen and miles wide and twenty miles long. containing 320 square miles of wheat I that is very productive, almost absolutely clear of waste, all of which is justly tributary to Helix.

Its early environment was unfavorable. The first settlers were poor, their equipment meager, roads primitive and often impassable and the progress of the community necessarily slow. In 1889 the so-called Hunt Line, now the Northern Pacific Railroad, was completed and thereby one of its serious handicaps was removed. In 1903 the town was incorporated. In 1904 the Bank of Helix was instituted. In the past few years the town has been coming forward, as is shown by its seven blocks of concrete pavement, its ten blocks of hard-surfaced streets, its own water system with a reservoir having a capacity of 125,000 gallons, purporting 31 pounds pressure, its own natatorium, an active volunteer fire department, an active commercial association, with a membership purported to be the largest in comparison with any city of its size in Oregon.

The town has roads leading into it from all directions, being connected up with the Columbia Highway with a hard-surfaced road, and having like roads leading north and west.

The principal business houses are a bank, two general merchandise stores, hardware, drug store, two confectioneries, two garages, machine shop, woodworking establishment, hotel, chop and feed mill, lumber yard, barber shop, permanent agency, Pacific Coast Elevator Company, large high school, two churches, mill with capacity of 500 barrels, drayage and transfer line, permanent homes owned by the I. 0. 0. F., the Masons, and K. of P. lodges. The warehouses have a capacity of 500,000 bushels of grain, and over one million bushels of wheat are annually shipped out.


Am artistic home Bank of Helix
Helix Milling Co., plant
Public School

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