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Venator, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Oregon
County Harney
Elevation 3,766 ft (1,148 m)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 541
Coordinates and elevation from United States Geological Survey

Venator is an unincorporated community in Harney County, Oregon, United States. It is on Crane–Venator Road about 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Crane, near the South Fork Malheur River.

Alphena Venator, a native of Linn County, settled in Harney County as a youth in 1872. Alphena's father Jezreel is the namesake for Venator Canyon in Harney and Malheur counties. When Alphena established a livestock ranch in the area in 1884, the locale soon became known as "Venator". Venator post office was established in 1895, with Louella Venator as the first postmaster. The office was later moved two and a half miles north to a station on the now-abandoned Oregon Eastern Branch (or Burns Branch) of the Union Pacific railroad. As of 1976, there were only six buildings and a corral at the site, although at one time there was a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in the area.

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