City of Prairie City - City Hall
City of Prairie City
The City of Prairie City is located on Highway 26 at the upper end of the John Day Valley of Eastern Oregon. Here, you will find the "Gateway to the Strawberry Mountains", at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, near the headwaters of the John Day River.
Mayor: Jim Hamsher
Planning Commission: The City currently does not have a Planning Commission. Zoning approval is required for all building activity requiring a State Building Permit. Please call Lyn at 541-820-3605 if you have a planning or zoning issue.
City Services: Volunteer Fire Department, Water, Wastewater and a Municipal Landfill (closed to public hauling.)
A City Park and restroom facility are located across the street from City Hall. Picnic tables, playground equipment, and a gazebo are available for day use for the public. Various events are held in the Park each year. Contact City Hall for more information or to schedule an event, 541-820-3605.
The DeWitt Museum and Prairie City Depot of the Sumpter Valley Railway is located at Main and Bridge Streets and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Sumpter Valley Railway was chartered in 1890 in Baker City. The Sumpter Valley Railway ran from Baker City to Sumpter and connected to Prairie City in 1910. The Museum is housed within the original two-story depot building. The ground floor contains the waiting room, station agent's office, freight room, and baggage and express room.
The second floor provided living quarters for the Station Agent and features antiques and memorabilia from the local area, arranged much as it might have appeared during the agent's family occupied these quarters.
Of special interest is the large collection of rocks and minerals, along with photo albums, collectibles and mining artifacts reflective of life in Grant County at the turn of the century.
The goal of the Depot Museum is to house Oregon's most significant collection of narrow gauge railroad artifacts and historic documents. The Museum is open May 15th through October 15th, Thursday through Saturday.