Centrally located to all three units of the world-renowned John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Fossil is a gateway for tourist exploration of the entire John Day River Territory. Our community is located along the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, which boasts pristine fossil and geologic resources, Old West culture, charming small towns, and awe-inspiring natural beauty.
Welcoming and inviting, Fossil features small town charm, nearly nonexistent crime and quality services. We are constantly working to improve the livability of our community — strengthening our schools, investing in infrastructure, and supporting new and existing businesses. To catch up on the latest happenings, visit our Agendas & Minutes page. Entrepreneurs and business owners should also visit our Doing Business Here page for more information on local resources available for businesses looking to start or expand their operations in Fossil.
The town of Condon grew out of a settlement that formed around Summit Springs, an abundant fresh water source that attracted Native Americans and new settlers, many from Scotland, Ireland, England and Germany, who took part in a booming sheep industry.
Condon is the county seat of Gilliam County and its economy continues to center around agriculture – dry land wheat and cattle-raising operations that have sustained the area since the early days. The area’s economy has been energized by the establishment of Waste Management, Inc.’s solid and chemical waste landfill and treatment facilities and more recently by the steadily growing wind energy industry.
The wind farms in northern Sherman, Gilliam and Morrow counties are considered the world’s largest wind farm.
Located on the majestic Columbia River two hours east of Portland, Arlington is a safe, friendly community perfect for those looking to slow down and savor the little things in life.
The laid-back pace, friendly folks and big skies encourage visitors and residents to unplug, unwind, and take in the peace and serenity of Oregon’s natural beauty. With the ideal riverfront location, Arlington is a gateway to adventure, both on water and dry land.
Just 3.5 miles east of the Painted Hills National Monument, Mitchell is the ideal “home base” to discover the Oregon you’ve never heard about, but you’ll never forget. Breathtaking landscapes, wildly diverse geology, and stunning vistas dotted with old towns and ranches are all part of Oregon’s extraordinary and ruggedly beautiful interior.
Book a stay at one of several local lodging options, head to a cafe or pub and plan your explorations. Gas up at the station, stock up at the store and head out! There’s lots to see, and Mitchell is at the heart of it all.
Sherman County’s 1899 Courthouse, originally with a handsome cupola, overlooks the town of Moro. Moro City Park provides public restrooms, picnic tables, playground and a unique Wall of History.
The national-award-winning Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro offers visitors first-rate unique interpretive exhibits, hands-on activities, tours and educational programs. Sherman Experiment Station at Moro provides facilities for Oregon State University research of dry land wheat, barley, and alternative crops. The Station is located on 234 acres that serve field research needs of scientists from the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis and the Pendleton area Columbia Basin Station. Current research includes that for grain varieties, soil fertility for cereal crops, canola, mustard, other alternative crops, weed management, disease and nematode management, direct seeding practices, and the use of soil conservation practices.
Mid Columbia Producers' Cooperative grain storage and shipping facility.
Sherman County Fairgrounds near Moro is the site of the annual post-harvest fair, rodeo, and playground. Sherman County RV Park and Campground at the Fairgrounds near Moro. Journey Through Time Scenic Byway on Highway 97.
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