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Old 09-28-2020, 05:02 PM
 
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Retired teacher, horse-person, looking at Prairie City Oregon. Can anyone tell me about the community there please? Specifically: horse-interest and trails, crime/safety, and high speed internet? Coming from Vancouver WA and raised in rural setting, looking to enjoy the outdoors and settle into a nice small town. Anything you can share would be greatly appreciated. Sounds like a lovely area. I have a brother nearby who says it is a rare gem. Thank you in advance!
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Old 09-28-2020, 05:36 PM
 
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Here's an old thread, Not sure if you've seen it.


//www.city-data.com/forum/orego...y-sumpter.html
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Old 09-28-2020, 06:13 PM
 
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thank you! appreciate it.
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:40 PM
 
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I spent a winter there several years ago. It's a charming little town, but hardly anything's open in the winter. There was one restaurant with maybe three things on the menu and a tiny grocery store (more shopping in John Day). There's a really neat little coffee shop there. No crime that I noticed. Can't help you out with horse trails, sorry. ETA I had Century Link for high speed and didn't have any problems with it. It came with the rental so I didn't check to see if there were alternatives.
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:35 PM
 
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Thank you, makes sense. Roads closed, snowy in winter, or passable?
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:29 PM
 
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Thank you, makes sense. Roads closed, snowy in winter, or passable?
There weren't any road closures that winter, but I could see how it could happen with a major snow or ice event. There were a few times when there was glare ice on the road, but it didn't seem to last long.

I really enjoyed my time there. My advice is to spend a year there in a rental before making a commitment to real estate. It's my understanding that properties don't move quickly in Prairie City, so if you buy something and decide it's not for you, you could be stuck for awhile. There's also John Day, Mt. Vernon, and Baker City to consider. I like Baker City the best.
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:53 PM
 
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Its a rather outspokenly conservative town and area, if that matters to you one way or the other. There's at least one horse ranch for sale between PC and JD, but I don't know about trails...
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Old 09-29-2020, 11:53 AM
 
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I've always thought that highway 26 between Vale and Redmond is one of the prettiest drives in the country.

Biggest issue with living out there would be access to services and things like hospitals. You'd definitely want to price the cost of life-flight insurance or whatever they call it in case you ever needed a medivac to a larger hospital due to some accident doing horse ranching stuff.

My advice would be to spend as much time out there as possible and talk to lots of people. You never know what you might shake loose in terms of horse properties that aren't actively for sale but that the owners have been thinking of selling if the right person came along. I expect that all the horse people all know each other out there.
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Old 09-30-2020, 01:25 PM
 
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I've always thought that highway 26 between Vale and Redmond is one of the prettiest drives in the country.

Biggest issue with living out there would be access to services and things like hospitals. You'd definitely want to price the cost of life-flight insurance or whatever they call it in case you ever needed a medivac to a larger hospital due to some accident doing horse ranching stuff. .

Well, that would only be the "biggest thing" if you have or expect to develop medical conditions needing emergency services. That isn't most people.

I think the biggest thing for people lacking those concerns is how they will fit in or like/dislike with the local culture. But that can be addressed by spending time in the area and talking to people like you suggested. I certainly wouldn't consider a move to PC without spending some time there and observing/absorbing the local culture. What seems appealing at first may not be so appealing a year later, depending on your preferences.

For instance I stopped patronizing local businesses who have made their political views known. Others might choose to spend more time there.


I'd also look at things like cost of food. Housing may be cheaper, but food is absurdly expensive in that part of the state.
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Old 09-30-2020, 02:16 PM
 
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Well, that would only be the "biggest thing" if you have or expect to develop medical conditions needing emergency services. That isn't most people.

I think the biggest thing for people lacking those concerns is how they will fit in or like/dislike with the local culture. But that can be addressed by spending time in the area and talking to people like you suggested. I certainly wouldn't consider a move to PC without spending some time there and observing/absorbing the local culture. What seems appealing at first may not be so appealing a year later, depending on your preferences.

For instance I stopped patronizing local businesses who have made their political views known. Others might choose to spend more time there.


I'd also look at things like cost of food. Housing may be cheaper, but food is absurdly expensive in that part of the state.
If you are a retired person working on a ranch with machinery and horses then accidents requiring life flight medivac are just waiting to happen. It's not something that people always think about when moving to small towns in the west, whether on the coast or eastern Oregon. But it is certainly something I would look into if I were in the shoes of the OP. It's not a reason to avoid places like Prairie City. But it's a cost that should be part of the decision-making.

Presumably someone from Vancouver WA is going to know that small towns in eastern Oregon are going to lean conservative. But you also find eclectic people everywhere. Personally I'm live and let live when it comes to people (business owners or not) expressing their political opinions. I'm more concerned about quality and service when I do business, not how the owner votes.

I expect there are people living in places like Prairie City who just make a monthly run to Bend or Boise with a couple of coolers in the back of the truck to stock up on Costco groceries and other staples.
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