Local Stories

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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