Malheur County was
created Feb. 17, 1887 from the southern
part of Baker County. It was named after
the Malheur River
flowing through the area. Peter
Skene Ogden, a Hudson's Bay Company
trader, referred to this river in his
"Riviere au Malheur" which
translates as "unfortunate river." It was
given this name because during an
expedition into the
Snake River country in 1825-1826,
property and furs hidden in the area were
discovered and stolen.
Malheur County is
located in the southeast corner of Oregon.
It is bordered by Baker County on the
north, the State of Idaho
on the east, the State of Nevada on
the south, and Harney and Grant Counties
on the west.