The Community 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.
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