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Mitchell, Wheeler County, Oregon, United States of America (44.56678 -120.15405)

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Name: Mitchell topographic map, elevation, relief.
Coordinates: 44.56097 -120.16348 44.57943 -120.14438
Minimum elevation: 2,480 ft
Maximum elevation: 4,489 ft
Average elevation: 3,304 ft


In 1872 the first school in Wheeler County was established near Mitchell, and in 1874 it was relocated to the town itself. Over the next two decades, Mitchell grew to include a store, assay office, two churches, two hotels, livery stable, three houses of ill-repute (one of which is still standing), five saloons, a flour mill, a livery stable, and an apothecary. There were also two newspapers, The Sentinel and The News. The business district, including the saloons, grew up along Bridge Creek and became known locally as "Tiger Town". The church and most of the city's homes were built at higher elevation on a bench overlooking the creek; this part of town was known locally as "Piety Hill". About half the town was destroyed by fire in 1899, but it was later rebuilt.

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