Nyssa

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Background

Nyssa, Oregon was incorporated as a city in 1903, but the census didn’t report city-level population numbers until 1910, when the town had 449 residents*. Nyssa is located on the eastern edge of the state in Malheur County on the border of Idaho. The main industries were ranching and agriculture. The railroad went through town, which likely boosted the local economy and helped bring entertainment to this geographically isolated part of Oregon.

*Population of Oregon Cities, Counties, and Metropolitan Areas, 1850 to 1957; a Compilation of Census Counts and Estimates in Oregon. Eugene: University of Oregon, Bureau of Municipal Research and Service, 1958. Information Bulletin No. 106.