Finally, the last city on 26 before you reach the state's eastern region is Prineville, founded in 1877, making it the oldest established community in Central Oregon. It was the Bend of its time, bustling with transplants from all over the country and eventually becoming the county seat. While now it's best known as a hub for high-tech giants' data storage centers, Prineville has retained its Old West charm with a thriving ranch economy, two breweries (the same number there during the frontier era) and some of the largest, juiciest steaks around. ANDI PREWITT AND NICOLE VULCAN.
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