The city is along Oregon Route 74, about 60 miles (97 km) southwest of Pendleton and 185 miles (298 km) east of Portland.   Route 74 forms part of the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway, a 130-mile (210 km) set of roads connecting Interstate 84 (I-84) along the Columbia River with the North Fork John Day River in the Blue Mountains.
Prineville 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 Prineville on December 23, 1872.
Madras, Oregon . The Oregon farm’s rich soils, together with its 392.2± acres of irrigation water rights can produce most crops common to the area. The linear, center-pivot, wheel line and handline irrigation systems effectively distribute timely irrigation water. Onsite housing is conveniently located and affords great Cascade Mountain views.
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