Category Archives: Oregon History

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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ARBOR DAY

Arbor Day observance dates in the United States vary every spring depending upon the climate for tree planting. Sunriver, Oregon, is the only unincorporated community in the United States to receive its 36th year award as a Tree City. Trees … Continue reading

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HAPPY 157th BIRTHDAY, OREGON!

On February 14, 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state. The name “Oregon,” pronounced Or-eh-gun, is thought to be derived from one of two Indian words: either “oragan” from the Sautee tribe of Chippewa, meaning “casket” … Continue reading

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Willow Corrals and Buckaroos

Once a common sight on the High Desert, woven willow branches set between juniper posts formed corrals. Some were up to two-feet thick and eight- feet high. Volunteers at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, built a willow corral … Continue reading

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Fort Rock State Park

The oldest running shoes in the world were discovered in a cave in southeastern Oregon by archaeologist Luther S. Cressman in 1938. Radiocarbon dating indicated the sagebrush bark sandals to be approximately 9,053 years old, that is 2,000 years before … Continue reading

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Newberry National Volcanic Monument Celebrates 25th Anniversary, part 3 of 3

The highest point in Newberry National Volcanic Monument is 7,984-foot Paulina Peak. From a distance, Newberry Volcano resembles a mountain range rather than a peaked volcano. Originally more than 10,000 feet high, the 500-square mile shield-shaped volcano collapsed through violent … Continue reading

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