Local Stories

Wetweather Spring, Waterhole was a Pioneer Drivers’ Haven

August 4, 2014

Wetweather Spring, Waterhole was a Pioneer Drivers’ Haven

Wetweather Spring was located on the old wagon road south from Bend to Silver Lake and later to Rosland and LaPine. It was between Bend and Lava Butte about eight miles south of Bend. It was a popular stopping point for teamsters to and from Bend and points south as they […]

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Local Cascade Peaks First Scaled in 1923

August 4, 2014

Local Cascade Peaks First Scaled in 1923

The summits of two peaks of the Central Oregon Cascades, Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Washington were first climbed on successive weekends in the summer of 1923. The conquerors of the two peaks were a group of six Bend boys who had trained for the epochal accomplishment by climbing the North […]

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Color Coded Roads Guided Drivers in Pioneer Days

August 4, 2014

Color Coded Roads Guided Drivers in Pioneer Days

Early automobile travel in Central Oregon was a true adventure as there was a maze of crossing roads and no traffic signs to identify routes All roads were narrow and rutted so it was hard to determine which road was a main road. Often motorists would find themselves wandering to […]

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Early Automobile to Bend Too Large for Grade in Cow Canyon

August 4, 2014

Early Automobile to Bend Too Large for Grade in Cow Canyon

One of the first automobiles to arrive in Bend was purchased in Chicago in 1906 and shipped by rail to The Dalles. H.C. Ellis, manager of the Deschutes Telephone Company of Bend ordered the car, a Holsman, which had a two cycle engine with high wheels. This vehicle was purchased […]

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Antone was the Center of Bustling Activity for Several Years

August 4, 2014

Antone was the Center of Bustling Activity for Several Years

Antone was only a post office and a store located along Rock Creek between Mitchell and Dayville but it was at the center of early mining and logging operations in the vicinity. The post office of Antone was established on September 17, 1894 and was named for pioneer settler Antone Francisco […]

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Richmond was a Once Thriving Community that became a Ghost Town

August 4, 2014

Richmond was a Once Thriving Community that became a Ghost Town

Richmond is a small ghost town nestled between the breaks of the John Day River and Baldy Mountain. It is located between Mitchell and Service Creek. It was once a prosperous and thriving community. A post office named Waldron had first been established near the site of Richmond in 1879 […]

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Kinzua – A Logging Company Owned Community

August 4, 2014

Kinzua – A Logging Company Owned Community

Logging and lumber mill operations in Wheeler county of North Central Oregon began to expand in 1927 when E.D. Wetmore founded the town of Kinzua. The new community was located at the head of Thirty Mile Creek. The Kinzua Pines Mill Company established the town as a base of operations […]

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House of Ill Repute Raided in Prineville – 1952

August 4, 2014

House of Ill Repute Raided in Prineville – 1952

The Prineville police department, led by Chief Oliver Reeve, carried out a surprise raid at the Inland Rooms in Prineville in September 1952. The Friday night raid resulted in the arrest of four person, three women and one man. The arrested parties were charged with disorderly conduct in a house […]

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Bend’s First Fire Announced by Gunshots – 1905

August 4, 2014

Bend’s First Fire Announced by Gunshots – 1905

A man sleeping on a pool table in O’Kane’s Saloon in the small village of Bend was awakened  in the early morning hours of April 27, 1905 by burning embers falling on him from the ceiling of the building. He jumped off the pool table and raced for the door and fired a pistol into the quiet morning air. The […]

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Blazed Trees Marked “Dead Lines” During Early Range Wars

August 4, 2014

Blazed Trees Marked “Dead Lines” During Early Range Wars

There are still dim blazes on pine trees of the Ochoco country that are reminders of the early range wars of Central Oregon. The blazes were “deadlines” that were used by cattlemen to designate areas which separated cattlemen from sheepmen on summer ranges in the early years of the twentieth […]

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