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The county seat of Crook County, Oregon and one of the first communities in Central Oregon.
It was named for the first merchant located in the present location, Barney Prine, and it was founded in 1877 when Monroe Hodges filed the original plat for the city. The post office for the community had been established with the name of Prine on April 13, 1871, but changed to the name we know and love on December 23, 1872.
The city was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 23, 1880, and obtained its first high school in 1902.
Long the major town in central Oregon, it was snubbed in 1911 when the railroad tycoons James J. Hill and Edward H. Harriman bypassed the city as they laid track south from The Dalles. In a period when the presence of a railroad meant the difference between prosperity and the eventual fate as a ghost town, in a 1917 election, residents voted 355 to 1 to build their own railway, and raised the money to connect their town to the main line 19 miles away.
Helped by timber harvests from the nearby Ochoco National Forest, the city-owned Railroad prospered for decades. The profits from the railroad were so abundant that between 1964 and 1968, the city levied no property taxes. However, with the decline of the timber industry in Oregon, the railroad reported a loss of nearly $1 million between 2002–04. But there is more to know if you’re looking for homes for sale in the area.
As the gateway to the Ochoco mountains and two reservoirs in the area, it serves as a recreation haven for many. This handsome little town is located east of Redmond and Powell Butte and northeast of Bend, and it sits at the periphery of the Ochoco National Forest.
This area is host to numerous ranches, large single-family houses, and boasts some of the best value in real estate in Central Oregon. For a list of nearby homes for sale by owner or agent, call 541-668-4371 and speak to a realtor today or email us at AskAnAgent@sunrealestateco.com
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