County Seat: Courthouse, 300 NE 3rd St., Room 23, Prineville 97754
Phone: 541-447-6553 (General); 541-447-6555 (Court Administrator)
Population (2013): 20,690
Established: Oct. 24, 1882
Elev. at Prineville: 2,868'
Area: 2,991 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 31.8° July 64.5°
Assessed Value: $1,743,828,527
Real Market Value: $2,088,229,458
Annual Precipitation: 10.50"
Economy: Livestock, forest products, recreation, agriculture, manufacturing and wholesale trade
Points of interest
Pine Mills, Crooked River Canyon, Ochoco Mountains, Prineville and Ochoco Reservoirs, rockhound areas, county courthouse, Steins Pillar, Wildland Firefighter’s Monument, and geological formations
History and general information
Crook County was formed from Wasco County in 1882 and named for Major General George Crook, U.S. Army. Geographically, the county is in the center of Oregon. It is unique in that it has only one incorporated population center, the city of Prineville, founded in 1868. Prineville’s colorful past was the scene of tribal raids, range wars between sheep and cattle ranchers and vigilante justice. Other communities in this sparsely settled region are Powell Butte, Post and Paulina.
Forest products, agriculture, livestock raising and recreation/tourism services constitute most of Crook County’s economy. Thousands of hunters, fishers, boaters, sightseers and rockhounds are annual visitors to its streams, reservoirs and the Ochoco Mountains. Rockhounds can dig for agates, limb casts, jasper and thundereggs on more than 1,000 acres of mining claims provided by the Prineville Chamber of Commerce. Major annual events include the Prineville Rockhound Powwow, Crooked River Roundup, Crook County Fair, Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, High Desert Celtic Festival and the Lord’s Acre Sale.
Commissioners—Seth Crawford 2019, Ken Fahlgren 2017, Judge Mike McCabe, chair 2017; Dist. Atty. Daina Vitolins 2017; Assess. Brian Huber 2019; Clerk Cheryl Seely 2019; Sheriff Jim Hensley 2019; Surv. David Armstrong 2017; Treas. Kathy Gray 2017; CIO Judge Scott Cooper