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History & History-related items
Statistics & Facts
The Oregon state capital is Salem.
The population of Prairie City is approximately 1117 (1990), 909 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 462 (1990), 402 (2010).
The amount of land area in Prairie City is 2.448 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Prairie City to Washington DC is 2320 miles.
The distance to the Oregon state capital is 231 miles. (as the crow flies)
Prairie City is positioned 44.46 degrees north of the equator and 118.70 degrees west of the prime meridian.
History & History Related Items
The town of Prarie City was originally built on Dixie Creek in 1862 about two and one half miles above the present site. Enthusiastic miners made it almost impossible to keep their homes upright, therefore they moved the town down on the flat and called it Prairie City.
When the gold played out, the attention turned toward farming on the prairies in the fertile John Day River Basin. Several ranches, dairies and even some grain farms, plus saw mills, helped keep Prairie City from extinction like other early gold mining towns.
The first post office was received in 1870 and the town was incorporated in 1891. The town had its temporary set-backs, having three major fires in 1884, 1887 and 1901. The first school ion record was in 1876-77 held in a small building south of town. In 1885, a new school was built, but burned in 1901. A large two story school was built where the Blue Mountain Nursing Home now stands. In 1910 the present school was built. The Prairie City census in 1870 recorded 523 people, 110 dwellings, 43 farmers with real estate claims and 24 children that attended school.
Prairie City is the gateway to the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness to the south and the Blue Mountains are to the west - known for their recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing and winter activities.
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