The Atlantic magazine sent a reporter to Fossil and Mitchell to talk to people about how things have changed in the past 50 years. What she learned was featured in an article in the June 2016 issue called “The Graying of Rural America.”
The story is realistic and hopeful. It describes the people of Wheeler County as resilient, self-sustaining, and smart – able to make the decisions they need to make to continue living in Oregon’s frontier.
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