Halfway is a city in Baker County, Oregon, United States. Take a look below for 10 fascinating and fun facts about Halfway, Oregon, United States.
1. The city took its name from the location of its post office, on the Alexander Stalker ranch, halfway between Pine and Jim Town.
2. The population was 288 at the 2010 census.
3. During the dot-com boom, Halfway agreed to rename itself Half.com for a year as a publicity stunt for the e-commerce company of the same name.
4. The community was named for the fact it is roughly halfway between Pine and Cornucopia.
5. While a post office was established in 1887, the town was platted in another location in 1907, the post office moved there in 1908, and it incorporated in 1909.
6. Halfway earned a place in the history of the dot-com era in December 1999, when it received and accepted an offer to rename itself as Half.com, after the e-commerce start-up, for one year in exchange for $110,000; 20 computers for the school; and other financial subsidies. It became the first city in the world to rename itself as a dot com.
7. Among the less obvious reasons the town was chosen were its small population size (and thus its likelihood to accept such an offer) and the city’s location, which fit perfectly into Half.com’s marketing scheme. “They’re within four miles of the 45th parallel which makes it halfway between the equator and the North Pole”.
8. The proclamation did not legally change its name.
9. The city created and posted two signs at its borders that greeted visitors with “America’s First Dot-com City”. The city auctioned one of these off in September 2007 for $1000; the winner was Half.com’s founder Josh Kopelman.
10. The original financial hardships that led to the city accepting Half.com’s offer returned in 2004 when a company owning a promissory note, secured by its fairgrounds and improvements, demanded payment of over $530,000.