In the heart of eastern Oregon lies the tiny town of Mitchell. With a population of roughly 150 people, and original buildings from its pioneer era, Mitchell is a quintessential remote western town. It is located just minutes from one of the most rare and beautiful geological formations on earth — Painted Hills, part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Even with its time-weathered, rustic appearance, there is a quiet beauty to Mitchell. Symbols of care and pride can be seen everywhere, not only in physical space, but also in the nature of the townspeople, who seem to appreciate the tranquility of the town and the grandeur of the surrounding landscape.
These photographs were captured on one of the hottest days of the year, three weeks before the Solar Eclipse of 2017, an event that was expected to bring 50,000 people to the area.
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