Established residential areas in town offer a mixed selection of homes. Newer neighborhoods such as Ochoco Pointe and IronHorse have extended residential development eastward toward Barnes Butte. Among older neighborhoods, close-in Ochoco Heights features tree-shaded streets and city views.
A downtown focal point is the picturesque Crook County courthouse, completed in 1909 and renovated structurally in the early 1990s.
Prineville Reservoir is a popular camping and water recreation spot. Bowman Dam, on the Crooked River, forms the reservoir. It is 15 mi long, covers 3,000 acres and has 43 mi of shoreline. The lake is considered an excellent fishing spot. Two state parks and a private marina and campground accommodate visitors.
Agriculture and forestry were principal contributors to Crook County’s economy for many years. While agricultural activity remains strong, historic sawmills supported by ponderosa pine timber from the Ochoco National Forest disappeared after timber harvesting was restricted for environmental reasons. Some millwork plants remain. Tourism and recreation now share the economic spotlight.
Population, 2013: 9,223
Growth April 1, 2010-July 1, 2013: -0.3%%%
Median household income: $29,959
Land area: 10.92 sq mi
Density: 847.3 persons/sq mi
Elevation: 2,860 ft
Annual high temperature: 63.1 F
Annual low temperature: 35 F
Average temperature: 49.05 F
Average annual precipitation (rain): 10.67 in.
Average annual snowfall: 8 in
Points of interest:
A.R. Bowman Museum
Crook County Courthouse (1909)
Meadow Lakes Golf Course
300 SW Meadow Lakes Dr., Prineville, 541 447-7113.
Public, Bill Robinson design, par 72, 6,783 yards.
Prineville Golf Club
7120 NE Ochoco Hwy., Prineville, 541 447-7266
Private, 9 holes, Bob Hogan/Eddie Hogan/Ted Longworth/Larry Lamberger design, par 32/33, 4,959 yards
St. Charles has operated Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville since 2008 under a lease agreement. A new $30 million, 62,000-sq ft hospital, St. Charles Prineville, is scheduled for completion in September 2015.
375 NW Beaver St., Suite 101, Prineville
St. Charles Health System
Family Care Clinic
1103 NE Elm St., Prineville
Crook County High School
1100 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville
Student enrollment: 800
Report card rating: 70.3% (Level 4)
Pioneer Alternative High School
297 NE Holly St., Prineville
Student enrollment: 51
Report card rating: 24% (Level 1)
Crook County Middle School
100 NE Knowledge St., Prineville
Student enrollment: 607
Report card rating: 77.5% (Level 4)
Barnes Butte Elementary School
1875 NE IronHorse Dr., Prineville
Student enrollment: 603 (est.)
Report card rating: n/a
New school to open Fall 2015
Cecil Sly Elementary School
1400 SE 2nd St., Prineville
Student enrollment: 444
Report card rating: 75.8% (Level 4)
Will close for renovation during 2015-2016 school year; students to attend Crooked River Elementary School.
Ochoco Elementary School
440 NW Madras Hwy., Prineville
Student enrollment: 390
Report card rating: 38% (Level 2)
School will close at the end of the 2014-2015 school year
Paulina Elementary School (K-8)
70050 SE Paulina City Rd., Paulina
Student enrollment: 23
Report card rating: 77.5% (Level 4)
Powell Butte Community Charter School (K-8)
13650 SW Highway 126, Powell Butte
Student enrollment: 186
Report card rating: 76.7% (Level 4)
Central Oregon Community College
COCC Crook County Open Campus
510 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville
Year established: 2011
Campus buildings: 1 building, 12,000 sq ft
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