DeWitt Museum
DeWitt Museum
4.5

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Lucinda S
Payette, Idaho, United States85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
We were lucky enough to arrive at the museum while it was still open (I am usually an hour late or traveling on the wrong day of the week) and the lovely woman working the museum kept it open at least 20 minutes late just to show us through and really explain things to us! She showed us big furry gloves made from bearskins and a laprobe made from coyote pelts. She allowed us to pick up and inspect any rocks that caught our eye in the a large DeWitt collection - so we saw more fossils and petrified wood than we had seen at the John Day Fossil beds! Another interesting exhibit was a doctor's examining table and various historic medical instruments.

One of the first things we saw in the place was a model train engine and several train-related objects for which I have no words. There was a great photo outline of the day the station opened with all the crowds and travelers attendant upon the first train to make it all the way from Baker City. There was an old phone, a telegraph machine, and several old lanterns in the original depot waiting room.

The museum is in the original train station of the Sumpter Valley Railroad, which I think was built in 1908. It is a full two stories, with the top floor originally used as the home of the station-master. The grounds around the station are also welcoming, with a static display of an old traincar and a small RV park and picnic area within walking distance.

The museum is about three blocks south of the main highway through Prairie City, with plenty of dining and lodging options easily at hand. I would like to make a longer stay the next time we go through this area. Prairie City looks like a great place to have as the hub of several days of exploring this part of Oregon.
Written June 8, 2013
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momof3fromcg@gmail.com
Cottage Grove, OR5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Amazing little museum with a great collection of items. The staff was very knowledgeable and even stayed open a couple extra minutes for us!
Written September 2, 2018
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Lydia J
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
My kids and I enjoyed seeing all the stuff from Prairie City past! The volunteer was very informative and answered all our questions, the railway pictures were amazing! We will definitely be going back soon!
Written August 10, 2015
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS996 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I had called this museum several times before I came to see if it was open. Nobody ever answered my call. Since it was on the way that I was travelling I stopped by. The small museum building was locked up & a faded sign on the door gave a number at city hall to call if you wanted to go inside. There was also a $3 a person admission sign outside. I looked around the outside of the building & saw a few old items that were interesting, but I didn't have time for someone to come & open up the museum so I left. Bottom line: Don't make a special trip to come here!
Written August 28, 2021
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Ruth B
Portland, OR38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
The best museum of this trip! Volunteer attendant was dedicated and gracious and most of the displays were interactive. My 13yo granddaughter was fascinated reading miscellaneous ledgers from the 1800's and we had to interrupt her when it was time to leave. The museum is located within the Canyon City Park block which has shade trees, great murals and a play area for young children.
Written June 26, 2014
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OregonTopaz
Coos Bay, Oregon21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
The staff was extremely well versed in local history, dedicated, and very willing to help. They found old town photos for the time period I was researching, did some research for me on Ancestors.com and introduced me to a cousin I had never met before (called and asked her to come meet me, which she did.). They had old histories of the town and cemetery records. They do active research in the cemetery and recently identified several Confederate soldier's graves. They are amazing!
Written September 25, 2012
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Kathy A
Gooding, ID234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We stayed extra days because the RV park was so peaceful. Prairie City is a quaint and interesting town, the locals are so nice. There were plenty of places to eat, antique shops, coffee shops, wine bar and so much more. It really is a beautiful little town. The Depot RV park was very nice with showers and bathrooms however the RV sites had full hookups. The price was reasonable and the grounds are kept green with the river running through the park. The museum fee is $3 per person.
Written August 6, 2019
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KandFRedmond
Redmond, OR50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
The museum is a few blocks off the main highway. Ask to watch the video about the railroad. We found the museum informative. The volunteer went out of his way to explain the local history.
Written September 3, 2018
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Frank P
Eugene, OR1,216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is a very interesting place to visit. Many items are on display about the history of this area and how people lived and worked. Very pleasant setting and even a RV park on property with nice bathrooms and showers.
Written August 17, 2018
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cabalero54
Gresham, OR37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Very well organized both outside and inside.many good items saved from the original families of the valley. Railroad items and photos were great.easy to view displays. That have lighting
Written June 28, 2018
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