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15 Fun And Awesome Facts About Prineville, Oregon, United States

Prineville is a city in and the seat of Crook County, Oregon, United States. Take a look below for 15 fun and awesome facts about Prineville, Oregon, United States.

1. It was named for the first merchant located in the present location, Barney Prine.

2. The population was 9,253 at the 2010 census.

3. Prineville was founded in 1877 when Monroe Hodges filed the original plat for the city.

4. 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.

5. The city was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 23, 1880, and obtained its first high school in 1902.

6. Long the major town in central Oregon, Prineville 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.

7. 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, Prineville residents voted 355 to 1 to build their own railway, and raised the money to connect their town to the main line 19 miles (31 km) away.

8. Helped by timber harvests from the nearby Ochoco National Forest, the City of Prineville Railroad prospered for decades.

9. 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.

10. Apple and Facebook have invested over a billion dollars, each, in multiple data centers within Prineville City limits, in the past 8 years.

11. Les Schwab Tire Centers, a chain of tire stores based in Prineville, has been associated with the city since the company’s founding in 1952. As of 2005, the Les Schwab Tire Center chain operates more than 390 stores in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, does more than $1.5 billion in sales each year, and according to the AP, is the number two private tire retailer in the United States.

12. The company announced on December 12, 2006, that it would be moving the corporate headquarters to nearby Bend, where a growing number of its executives live, including Dick Borgman who became CEO on the same day.

13. In 2010, Prineville was selected as the location for a new data center for Facebook.

14. Prineville Territory Magazine is a seasonal magazine covering the life and history of the Territory.

15. The Central Oregonian is a bi-weekly newspaper published in Prineville. Located at 558 N Main St, Prineville.

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