About This Place
Prairie City is a city in Grant County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,080 at the 2000 census. The community was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on February 23, 1891.
Prairie City grew out of the former mining camp of Dixie, established in the summer of 1862 and was a short distance up Dixie Creek. Prairie City was the western terminus of the Sumpter Valley Railroad, which extended over Dixie Summit and Tipton to Sumpter and then to Baker City; passenger train service was discontinued in 1937. Freight service continued through World War II, but the line was abandoned in 1947.
Prairie City is at the upper end of the John Day Valley, on the John Day River, the second longest undammed river in the contiguous United States.