City of Prairie City - City Hall
P.O. Box 370
133 South Bridge Street
Prairie City, OR 97869
Phone: 541-820-3605
Fax: 541-820-3566

City of Prairie City
Population: 910 (and growing!!)!
Elevation: 3,548'

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
Councilor: Les Church
Councilor: Carole Garrison
Councilor: Dottie Miller
Councilor: Georgia Patterson
Councilor: Joe Phippen
Councilor: Frank Primozic
City Recorder: Taci Philbrook
City Clerk: Ms. Bobbie Brown
Public Works: Chris Camarena
Fire Chief: Marvin Rynearson

City Council Meetings: Regular City Council meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. An additional meeting or workshop, if needed, is held the 4th Wednesday of the month and will be publicly noticed. Both are open to the public; however public comment may be limited in order to conduct business. If you have an issue to present and would like to be on the agenda, please direct your agenda request to the City Recorder by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday one week before the meeting at which you would like to address the Council. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to the City Recorder Taci Philbrook (541-820-3605).

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 Ms. Bobbie Brown at 541-820-3605 if you have a planning or zoning issue.

City Services: Volunteer Fire Department, Water, and Wastewater.

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.