There are still dim blazes on pine trees of the Ochoco country that are reminders of the early range wars of Central Oregon.
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.
The Prineville police department, led by Chief Oliver Reeve, carried out a surprise raid at the Inland Rooms in Prineville in September 1952.
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.
Richmond is a small ghost town nestled between the breaks of the John Day River and Baldy Mountain.
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.
One of the first automobiles to arrive in Bend was purchased in Chicago in 1906 and shipped by rail to The Dalles.
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.
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.
Wetweather Spring was located on the old wagon road south from Bend to Silver Lake and later to Rosland and LaPine.
Arnold Cave was the Source of Bend’s Ice Supply in Pioneer Days
Pioneer settlers in Central Oregon managed to harvest ice from frozen rivers and ponds during the winter months for storing of perishables and to keep beverages cool. But during summer months it was often difficult to procure ice.
Central Oregon has had numerous large forest fires over the years but until recently none were of conflagration type. Although large acreages burned the damages were mostly limited to the timber stands and natural resources.
Violence reigned supreme in Prineville just before Christmas in 1882. Al Swartz was killed by a shotgun blast in a local saloon on the evening of December 22 and early the next morning the bodies of two men …
Central Oregon had missed out on the early gold mining activity that had occurred in eastern Oregon, but in the fall of 1871 a gold discovery was made that created a short burst of mining activity.
Early freighters of Central Oregon were hardy men that managed slow plodding horse or mule teams over narrow, dusty, muddy and sometimes hazardous roads.
The Bannock Indian uprising of 1878 created a tense situation that resulted in many outlying settlers of Eastern Crook County moving to the safety of Prineville and other communities.
As early as 1878 attempts were made to establish a planing mill in Prineville and included construction of a water ditch to power a planing mill.
Prineville was one of the first communities to establish a baseball team in Eastern Oregon in 1890.
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.
One of the last great land rushed for homesteading occurred in Central Oregon shortly after the turn of the century.
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.
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.
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.
Cattle drives were not uncommon in Central Oregon prior to the turn of the century when the areas major industry was stock raising.