of Keno is a peaceful community located 12 miles southwest of Klamath
Falls. Originally established on the banks of the Klamath River as a
ferry crossing, Keno slowly expanded among the mountains and meadows
of tall pines and ponderosas. Located twelve miles west of Klamath Falls
on Highway 66, along the historic Applegate Trail, it is quite possibly
the only community in Oregon named for a Postmaster's bird-dog, which
was named for the card game. In addition, Keno is located near the mid-point
of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, extending from Crater Lake in Oregon
to Mt. Lassen in California.
Keno is surrounded
by national forests, high desert plains and volcanic formations of geological
interest. As the most western community in Klamath County it is just
fifty miles from Ashland, Oregon, home of the famous Shakespeare Theater.
The city of Klamath Falls has an airport close to town, with commercial
flights available for north and southbound traffic several times each
About the Community
Keno is the largest
community between Klamath Falls and Ashland and currently boasts a population
of 3,423. The community is unincorporated and has no formal form of
government. Children in Keno are educated at Keno Elementary School,
Henley Middle School, and Henley High School. Oregon Institute of Technology
and Klamath Community College are located close by in Klamath Falls.
Religious services are held at five local churches with many additional
churches located in Klamath Falls. As for climate, there are beautiful
colors to photograph in the fall; snow in the winter; balmy, breezy
days in the spring, and good swimming-hole weather in the summer.
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Photo of Mt. McLoughlin by Brent Frazier Photography