Category Archives: History

REMEMBRANCE OF WORLD WAR II

The Army general purpose vehicle (GP pronounced Jeep) on display in the World War II exhibit at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, immediately caught our attention. In the late 1940s, Lee paid $500 for a war surplus Jeep. … Continue reading

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CAMP ABBOT, THEN and NOW

Part 2 Camp Abbot’s Officers’ Club, now known as Sunriver’s Great Hall, was a major training exercise and accomplishment that remains a distinguished landmark after more than 70 years. Work began October 1, 1943, and took six months to complete. … Continue reading

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CAMP ABBOT, THEN and NOW

Part 1 of 2…. In the railroad survey section at the Bend, Oregon, High Desert Museum’s Spirit of the West exhibit, visitors learn that young Lt. Henry L. Abbot led an Army Corps of Topographical Engineers (all West Point graduates) … Continue reading

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Daylight Saving Time

Today is one of those two annoying times of the year when we turn our clocks either back an hour (fall back the first Sunday in November) or ahead an hour (spring ahead the second Sunday in May). She: If … Continue reading

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Francis Drake and the Plate of Brass

On June 17, 1579, British explorer Francis Drake landed his ship, Golden Hind, for repair in what is now Drake’s Bay (pictured above in foreground) at Point Reyes National Seashore. Drake supposedly left a plate of brass proclaiming in Elizabethan … Continue reading

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WAGON WHEEL RUTS

Few wagon wheel ruts worn into the barren landscape more than a century ago remain accessible for curious rut rats to trace on foot. Many are on private property; others are buried under blacktop or shopping malls. The 1844 Emigrant … Continue reading

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DESERT WARFARE TRAINING CENTER

In early 1942, after the U.S. was drawn into World War II in Europe, the War Department believed the first place to confront the enemy would be in North Africa. U.S. Army Major General George Smith Patton Jr. selected 18,000 … Continue reading

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