Old West at its Best!
Downtown Mitchell may only be a few blocks long, but there's a lot of history packed into this frontier town. Incorporating in 1893, Mitchell served as a stopover for travelers, traders and stockmen traversing the Ochoco Mountains and Keyes Summit. Ranching, mining and timber soon brought a boom in Mitchell's population. With steely resolve and an Eastern Oregon-tough ethic, the residents of Mitchell weathered wars, the Great Depression, 3 catastrophic floods, and numerous boom-to-bust economic cycles.
Perched just beyond the eastern edge of the Painted Hills National Monument, Mitchell is at once quiet and lively. Several summer events and ample scenery has Mitchell's short Main Street buzzing with travelers, tourists, and adventurists during the summer months before quiet winters settle in.
Tiger Town and Piety Hill
While the gunslingers of the wild west have long since faded into history in the rest of the west, Mitchell's connection to the past is still fresh. Tiger Town - Mitchell's wiley down town during the late 1800's - saw its last gunfight in 1900’s. The Baptist Church, erected in 1895 (and still stands today), sat above the town on what became known as Piety Hill.
Today, most of the residents of Mitchell live on this upper bench of land near the school, while lively commerce takes place on the lower section near Highway 26.