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This town site consists of a few homes scattered along the road and is marked only by a sign near the railroad tracks. West of Adrian, the road—after a slight jog to the south—runs directly west for miles through an extensive hilly region that was long a semi-arid waste. That changed with the arrival of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. Adrian was named after Adrian, Michigan, by a Northern Pacific Railway Company superintendent formerly from that town. The Michigan town was named for the Roman emperor Hadrian.