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This wagon, just off the road near Prairie City, is a must-see stop for travelers along Highway 26.

PRAIRIE CITY — Here’s a Grant County attraction you just can’t miss!

No matter which direction you’re headed on Highway 26, the majestic Conestoga Wagon east of Prairie City beckons travelers for a one-of-a-kind historic and scenic stop.

Located right off the highway, the wagon offers breathtaking views of the expansive John Day Valley and the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness range. Interpretive displays share historic and travel information for visitors about Prairie City and other Grant County communities.

Easy access and a spacious paved parking area are added features that make the rest stop a popular one.

At any given time, any time of the year, in nearly any type of weather, one or more vehicles can be seen pulled off at the landmark.

In the summer, it’s common to see large groups of motorcycles gathered at the spot, and more than a few people waiting their turn for a photo-op.

It’s anyone’s guess how many folks from near and far have captured photos of themselves seated atop the bigger-than-life wagon against the stunning Strawberry Mountain backdrop while imagining long-ago arduous westward treks in covered wagons.

There are no restrooms or other facilities at the covered wagon, but Prairie City is just five miles farther west on Highway 26, where plenty of businesses and services await.

The wagon wayside was established almost 20 years ago by the Prairie City Community Association. The Grant County Chamber of Commerce took over the property in 2019.

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