Local Stories

Barnhouse Story of 1879

August 14, 2017

Barnhouse Story of 1879

Note: Jacob L. Barnhouse and his wife Martha Washington Conger Barnhouse were early settlers in the Mountain Creek vicinity east of Mitchell.  The region was in old Crook County in 1882.  This story was written by a descendant of Jacob and Martha.  It provides an interesting look at what it […]

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Reminiscence of Charles Congleton

August 11, 2017

Reminiscence of Charles Congleton

Written December 8, 1960 I was born, one of 12 children, on a farm at Slade, Kentucky on October 26,1884, and lived on this farm until 1904 when I set out to go west, having in mind to join my brother near Greenland, Colorado where he was telegraph operator for […]

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Arthur Ray Bowman

August 11, 2017

Arthur Ray Bowman

By Frances Juris and Elaine Thompson Note: This story was written for a Crook County Pageant in Prineville in 1987. In 1936 I bought the old Crook County Bank building at the southeast corner of  3rd and Main Sts., and for the next thirty-four years I watched the development of Prineville. […]

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Growing Up in Railroad Logging Camps

December 16, 2016

Growing Up in Railroad Logging Camps

by Dixie Caverhill Weberg * Editor’s Note: On our Fall field trip to the High Desert one of our stops was at the Brooks-Scanlon railroad logging camp site southeast of Bend known as BS Tanks. Dixie Caverhill Weberg was on the tour and mentioned that she was born when her […]

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The “Ill-Fated” Cattle Drive of 1880

August 4, 2014

Cattle drives were not uncommon in Central Oregon prior to the turn of the century when the areas major industry was stock raising. Generally The Dalles was the shipping point for the inland cattle and some big cattle drives were made to the rail lines there. But the historic cattle drive […]

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Sheep and Cattle War

August 4, 2014

In the year 1898 the Cascade Forest Reserve was created and during the first two years of its existence this Reserve was closed to grazing. Sheep owners who had formerly used the Cascade Mountains for summer range were forced to look elsewhere for summer range for their flocks. This resulted […]

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Murder at Nicholson & Burmester’s Saloon in 1882

August 4, 2014

It was a cold night in Prineville on December 22, 1882 when a single gunshot fired through the window of Nicholson & Burmester’s Saloon ended the life of Al Swartz. It was a tumultuous time in the local community as the vigilantes had arisen as self proclaimed arbiters of justice. […]

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Christmas Tragedy at Silver Lake 1894

August 4, 2014

A large monument in the cemetery in the small community of Silver Lake, Oregon is a grim reminder of one of the worst tragedies in the State of Oregon. The monument bears the names of 43 persons who lost their lives on Christmas Eve in 1894. Silver Lake was growing […]

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The Great Land Rush to Central Oregon

August 4, 2014

The Great Land Rush to Central Oregon

One of the last great land rushed for homesteading occurred in Central Oregon shortly after the turn of the century. There had been an influx of settlers in the early part of the century but mostly in the Fort Rock basin, but with the coming of the railroad to Central […]

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First Football Game in Central Oregon Played in 1911

August 4, 2014

First Football Game in Central Oregon Played in 1911

Football was relatively unknown in rural Oregon in the early 1900’s but on a clear, cold and crisp day in the Fall of 1911 the sport was introduced to the frontier country of Central Oregon. The rising community of Bend and the long established frontier town of Prineville managed to […]

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