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Our Genealogy Helper for Canyon City ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Canyon City (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Canyon City. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Canyon City is located in Grant County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Oregon's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Grant County: Baker, Crook, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union & Wheeler.

Below are the counties that are near Canyon City. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Canyon City:

  • Grant County     (The home county of Canyon City)
    • John Day (less than 2 miles to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for John Day
      • John Day lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,669 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for John Day have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on John Day
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for John Day<3>
    • Mount Vernon (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Vernon
      • Mount Vernon lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 511 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Vernon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Vernon<3>
    • Prairie City (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prairie City
      • Prairie City lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 872 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prairie City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Prairie City<3>
    • Seneca (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Seneca
      • Seneca lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 225 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Seneca have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Seneca
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Seneca<3>
    • Fox (20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest)
    • Galena (22 miles [35.4 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Galena
      • Galena lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galena
    • Long Creek (23 miles [37 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long Creek
      • Long Creek lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 191 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Long Creek<3>
    • Susanville (23 miles [37 km] to the north) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Susanville
      • Susanville was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
    • Bates (25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast)
    • Austin (26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Austin
      • Austin lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Austin
    • Hamilton (29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamilton
      • Hamilton lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamilton
    • Dayville (29 miles [46.7 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dayville
      • Dayville lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 144 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dayville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dayville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dayville<3>
  • Baker County
    • Unity (37 miles [59.5 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Unity
      • Unity lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Canyon City and is located in Baker County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 71 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Unity have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Unity
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Unity<3>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Canyon City, see our County-by-County Page for Canyon City.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Canyon City ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Canyon City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Canyon City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Canyon City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Canyon City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 23 miles [37 km] of Canyon City.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Canyon City:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Oregon

Cemeteries Near Canyon City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Canyon City.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Canyon City covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • St. Andrews Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Andrews Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Andrews Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Andrews Cemetery
  • Canyon City Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Canyon City Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Canyon City Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canyon City Cemetery
  • Boot Hill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Boot Hill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Boot Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boot Hill Cemetery
  • Rest Lawn Cemetery
  • Ingle Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ingle Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ingle Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Ingle Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Canyon City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ingle Cemetery
  • Fletcher Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fletcher Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fletcher Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Fletcher Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Canyon City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fletcher Cemetery
  • Hester A. Lemons Grave
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hester A. Lemons Grave
    • The Hester A. Lemons Grave is located outside and to the west of Mount Vernon.Stated another way, Hester A. Lemons Grave lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Canyon City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hester A. Lemons Grave
  • Prairie City Cemetery
  • McHaley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the McHaley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the McHaley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • McHaley Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Canyon City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on McHaley Cemetery
  • Southworth Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Southworth Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Southworth Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Southworth Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Canyon City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Southworth Cemetery
  • Moon Creek Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Moon Creek Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Moon Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Moon Creek Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Canyon City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moon Creek Cemetery
  • Fox Valley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fox Valley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fox Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Fox Valley Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Canyon City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fox Valley Cemetery
  • Continue List   (20 more) ...
    • Cummings Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cummings Cemetery
      • Cummings Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Canyon City.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cummings Cemetery
    • Galena Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Galena Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Galena Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Galena Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Canyon City.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galena Cemetery
    • Long Creek Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Long Creek Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Long Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Long Creek Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Canyon City.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Creek Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Canyon City had a population of 304 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Canyon City had a population of 659 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Canyon City, with the one closest to Canyon City listed first.

  • Canyon City (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canyon City
    • Canyon City lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 304 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 659 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Canyon City had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canyon City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canyon City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Canyon City<3>
  • John Day (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for John Day
    • John Day lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 211 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,669 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, John Day had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for John Day have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on John Day
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for John Day<3>
  • Mount Vernon (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Vernon
    • Mount Vernon lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 511 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mount Vernon had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Vernon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Vernon<3>
  • Prairie City (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prairie City
    • Prairie City lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 222 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 872 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Prairie City had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prairie City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Prairie City<3>
  • Fox (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fox
    • Fox lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Fox had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fox
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fox<3>
  • Long Creek (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long Creek
    • Long Creek lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 60 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 191 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Long Creek had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Creek
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Long Creek<3>
  • Susanville (Grant County) - Historic
    • While Susanville was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Susanville
    • Susanville was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 23 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Susanville had a post office and no railroad service
  • Austin (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Austin
    • Austin lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Austin had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Austin
  • Hamilton (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamilton
    • Hamilton lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Canyon City and is located in Grant County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hamilton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamilton

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Canyon City. See our List of 1890's Communities around Canyon City.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Canyon City) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Canyon City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Canyon CityOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canyon City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.3930, Longitude: -118.9494       In this case, the coordinates for Canyon City have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Canyon City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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