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Gilchrist is located in Klamath County, southwest of Bend, between La Pine and Crescent along Highway 97. This community is also situated within the Deschutes National Forest, southeast of Wickiup Reservoir, Davis Lake, Odell Lake and Summit Lake.

The community of Gilchrist was developed by the Gilchrist Timber Company in 1938, and the post office was established on November 14 of that same year. Frank W. Gilchrist of Saginaw, Michigan started the family lumber business shortly after the Civil War.

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