Pilot Rock Chamber of Commerce

The Annual First Citizens and Business Excellence Awards Banquet is right around the corner!  On April 2, we will recognize some of the great citizens, students and businesses that make our community a great place to both live and work in! 

I am honored to announce that this year’s guest speaker is Karie Walchli.  In addition, dinner will be catered by Jeannine Hoeft of Simply Catering. 

Social Hour begins at 6, doors will open at 5:45 pm.  Dinner will be served around 7 pm and awards will follow!

Menu:  Tri-tip, salmon, loaded mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, and strawberry shortcake.  Drinks provided by Archie’s Restaurant.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Pilot Rock City Hall or by sending payment to the PR Chamber of Commerce at PO Box 765, Pilot Rock, Oregon 97868.

 If you have additional questions call Virginia at 443-5832!

Thank you to our sponsors:

Banner Bank

Kinzua Lumber / Boise Cascade

Doherty Welding

Wheatland Insurance

The Bike Pit

Pilot Rock Parks and Recreation

Archie’s Restaurant

Indian Lake

RDF Aluminum Troughs


Up-Coming Events


March 26:  Annual Easter Egg Hunt at PRES 10 am

April 10:  Bike Pit Races

MAy 4:  Community Clean Up Day

May 14:  Mud Bogs

May 22:  Bike Pit Races

June 12:  Bike Pit Races

June 14:  Summer Reading Program Starts

June 18:  30th Annual Indial Lake Fishing Derby, Mud Bogs



City History

Photo: Historical PhotoGold was discovered in the Blue Mountains in late 1861.  A rush of gold miners came to the area with three men arriving that winter.  “Hookey” Burke, a freight hauler, was the first who decided to spend the winter at what is now the city location.  Andrew Jackson Sturtevant, pushing a wheelbarrow towards the gold fields, decided to stop at the location in 1862.  Finally, John Alta Sylvester, also settled, thinking to cater to the wintering miners.  The Pilot Rock post office was established in December of 1868 with Andrew Sturtevant was the first postmaster.  Of the three, he was the most instrumental in founding the city.  Born in England, Sturtevant arrived in America and headed westward, arriving in Salem in 1861.  After obtaining a position as a teacher, he decided that teaching was not for him and headed for the Blue Mountains.  After establishing the Post Office, Pilot Rock was platted eight years later in 1876 and incorporated in 1912. 

City Government of Pilot Rock

Pilot Rock has a mayor form of government consisting of the Mayor and six elected councilors.  The day-to-day operations are managed by two department heads consisting of the Public Works Director and the City Recorder.

Historical DVDs

Photo: Historical PhotoThe history of Pilot Rock is now available on four DVD’s!  Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Pilot Rock Library Fund.