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Canyon City
Grant County, Oregon


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Statistics & Facts

The Oregon state capital is Salem.
The population of Canyon City is approximately 648 (1990), 703 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 277 (1990), 322 (2010).
The amount of land area in Canyon City is 3.607 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Canyon City to Washington DC is 2332 miles.
The distance to the Oregon state capital is 219 miles. (as the crow flies)
Canyon City is positioned 44.39 degrees north of the equator and 118.94 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

Canyon City was born in 1862 as a mining camp that grew along Canyon Creek after gold was discovered on Whiskey Flat, located a short distance north of Canyon Creek. A party of gold miners were searching for the "Blue Bucket" mine. For some time there was a great influx of miners; perhaps as many as 10,000 lived along the single Whiskey Gulch Street. It has been estimated that around $ 8,000,000 was mined from the Canyon Creek diggings over ten years. The mining declined in the 1870's but the town did not die. One of the town's better known citizens was Cincinnatus Heiner (Joaquin) Miller, who setter in Canyon City in 18654 and planted the town's first orchard at the rear of his cabin.

There were conflicts between Union and Confederate sympathizers. When California miners raised the confederate flag on Rebel Hill on July 4, 1863, the Union-sympathizxing Oregon miners stormed the hill and tore down the flag. Canyon City suffered from a disastrous fire on April 18, 1937 with a large part of the community bgeing destroyed
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