Travel Back in Time This Independence Day with a Ride on the Oregon Historical Society’s Shay Locomotive in Prineville, Oregon


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ALL ABOARD for an old-fashioned, all American 4th of July in Prineville. This Independence Day, the Oregon Historical Society and the City of Prineville (COP) will run the Mt. Emily Shay #1 on a series of excursion trips beginning at 9am with runs occurring every hour on the hour through 3pm.

The Mt. Emily is a Shay steam locomotive built in 1923 which was designed to haul logs to the mill. It is one of only a handful of operable Shay locomotives left in the world, and it was donated to the Oregon Historical Society collection in the 1950s and has been lovingly cared for by the COP.

Boarding will be at the COP Team Track located at 1521 NW Lamonta Road. These historic rides are FREE and open to the public and each run can accommodate 90-100 people. Following your train ride through Prineville, you and your family are welcome to join the 4th of July festivities taking place throughout town.

Visit to learn more about Mt. Emily and her history.

Directions to the COP Team Track: Enter Prineville from HWY 126 Eastbound, and then turn left at the first light onto Harwood Street. Go North from Harwood to Lamonta Road, then turn left and continue ¼ mile. The Team Track will be on your left.

Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory,
preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral
histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational
programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because
history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a
single story or point of view.


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