Local Information for Rowena
Thankfully, unlike many places where the human footprint has trampled the natural beauty of an area, little Rowena, Oregon is an exception. In the endless give and take of humans' interaction with the earth, Rowena has lost the development battle and won the environmental war. With a population of 178 as of the 2000 Census, Rowena is a shadow of a community, its footprint barely discernible from the row of mailboxes that fly quickly by as you pass them on U.S. Route 30 (The "Historic Columbia River Highway"). Located an hour east of Portland, and 14 minutes (about 13 and-a-half miles) to the west of bustling Hood River, Rowena is situated among some of the most stunning vistas and geological features anywhere on the planet.